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HC asks Vizag police to submit report on Friday

HC asks Vizag police to submit report on Friday

VISAKHAPATNAM: A division bench of the High Court comprising Chief Justice G S Singhvi and Justice C V Nagarjuna Reddy on Thursday directed the Visakhapatnam police to produce the entire report relating to the last night's encounter killing of senior Maoist leader V Chandramouli and his wife Kavitha, by 12.30 pm on Friday.

The bench was hearing a writ petition filed by APCLC district secretary V V Balakrishna alleging that the State Government had carried out the killing of the couple in a cold blooded manner.

The petitioner further contended that the couple were arrested in Orissa and were handed over to Andhra Pradesh police a fortnight back. They were killed last night by the police who claimed that they died in an encounter.

The bodies of V Chandramouli and his wife Karuna were brought to the King George Hospital in Vizag after autopsy was conducted on them at Narsipatnam hospital. The corpses will be preserved in KGH till further orders of the High Court and later handed over to couple's relatives.

Meanwhile, balladeer Gadar met Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy at Secretariat and submitted a memorandum demanding judicial probe into the encounter and registering a case of murder against the police officials responsible for the incident.

The Chief Minister assured Gadar that he would ask Director General of Police Swaranjit Sen to issue a statement on the incident.

Gadar alleged that the couple were arrested in Orissa based on the information given by a CPI (Maoist) activist Gopal, who was arrested in that State. They were handed over to Andhra Pradesh police who brought and killed them in Visakhapatnam, Gadar said.

This website's newspaper adds from Visakhapatnam: Visakhapatnam (rural) SP J G Murali said that the couple came to Panasapalli to commit a 'sensational offence' to avenge the killing of their top leaders.

Speaking to reporters, Murali said that the police intensified search operations near Panasapalli following information that Maoist leaders were holding a meeting. ''The Naxalites opened fire at the police and the latter returned the same in self-defence killing them,'' he said.

The firing lasted for about 20 minutes and when it stopped, the police found two bodies,'' he said.

'Slain naxal was planning major attack'

HYDERABAD: Naxalite leader Vadkapur Chandramouli alias Devanna, killed in an encounter on Wednesday night, had as secretary of the Andhra-Orissa Border Special Zonal Committee (AOBZC), led attacks on Darakonda outpost and other station attacks in the Visakhapatnam agency area and Kalimela and Motu police stations in neighbouring Orissa.

"We suspect Maoist leaders of Andhra-Orissa Border Special Zonal Committee (AOBZC) under his leadership were holding a meeting or planning to hold a meeting to chalk out a major attack. But it was foiled,"police sources said.

To secure his release when he was arrested in 1987 along with four other naxalites, the erstwhile People's War (PW) kidnapped seven IAS officers in Gurthedu.

Devanna was the East Division secretary then. The East Division covers East Godavari and Visakhapatnam districts.

A resident of Sultanabad in Karimnagar, Devanna joined the erstwhile People's War in 1980.

He became district committee member of Karimnagar district in 1984. He was shifted to the East Division in 1986 and was elevated to the post of secretary of the division after a year.

In December 2000, he was asked to head the newly-created Andhra-Orissa Border Special Zonal Committee. The Maoist leader was inducted into the Central Committee and made a member of the strategic Central Military Commission.

As he was overburdened with responsibilities, the PW in 2002 lessened his burden by moving him out of AOBZC.

After the merger of various revolutionary groups to form CPI (Maoist) in 2004, Devanna was made incharge of AOBZC as Central Regional Bureau head.

Every central committee member looks after the party affairs of regional bureaux in different parts of the country or states.

The naxalite top gun had a huge following and the credit of building the party movement in East Godavari and Visakhapatnam agency areas also goes to him.

He is reportedly said to have trained several tribals as party leaders in the Visakhapatnam agency area to carry out military operations for the naxalite group

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posted by Bimal 2.1.07,


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