Telangana: DGP urges Maoists to lay down arms

About 135 CPI maoist cadres active in Telangana.

Hyderabad: Telangana DGP M. Mahender Reddy on Monday appealed to underground Maoist cadre in the state to surrender before the police, assuring them of help to lead a normal life and access to all benefits available under the rehabilitation package. The DGP was interacting with the media after the surrender of Maoist Party Central Committee member Jilugu Narsimha Reddy alias Jampanna, 56, and his wife Anitha alias Rajitha, 55.

About 135 underground cadres of CPI Maoists from Telangana are active and working in various teams. Its central committee consists of 19 members, including 10 from Telangana, two from AP. “Those willing to surrender can contact the district SP/DIGs and IGs. The rehabilitation package offered by the government will be extended to them,” Mr Reddy said.

Talking to the media after his surrender, Jampanna said he had worked with the Maoists for 33 years. “The Maoist party’s ideology in the 1980s and later was correct in terms of fighting against feudal landlords. But there is no feudal class now and many transformations have taken place in the country, especially in the last 15-20 years. The party needs to change its thinking accordingly,” he said.

To a question if he had betrayed the party, Jampanna said that he had prepared a draft and handed over to the party leadership. “My comrades asked me to discuss my points on different platforms, but I decided to quit. I hope they change their ideas,” he said. He was involved in over 100 cases in the country, including 51 in Telangana.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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