Wednesday, August 24, 2005

AP : Jangaiah killing a death blow to naxal movement, claim police

Staff Reporter

The police charged him with participating in over 40 offences and killing of three unarmed policemen on the national highway in March



NALGONDA: A couple of hours after newspapers in Devarakonda received a letter from the district committee secretary and State committee member of the CPI(Maoist), Jangaiah alias Ravi alias Diwakar, he was killed by the police in an alleged encounter at a hillock in Vangur mandal of Mahabubnagar district on Monday night.

Likening the Telugu Desam and the Congress regimes, he had said: "The movement is marching forward by learning lessons from the causalities it had suffered.'' Observers, however, feel that the killing of Jangaiah, who took to arms 13 years ago, is certainly a deathblow for the movement.

A member of RSU


Having worked with Radical Students Union and the Jana Natya Mandali, Jangaiah, a native of Boorgulapally in Mahabubnagar, rose to become one of the top naxal leaders. The police charged him with participating in more than 40 offences including the killing of three unarmed policemen on the national highway in March, 2005.

Big vacuum


This is the second biggest blow for the movement after the killing of the Rachankonda area secretary, Golanukonda Chandraiah, by police in an alleged encounter on July 25. "The two encounters created a big vacuum in the party.

If we can catch Boda Sailu alias Kurmaiah, the movement is finished in the district,'' a police officer told The Hindu on Tuesday.