Thursday, June 04, 2009

Maoists vow to avenge killing of top leaders

Express News Service

First Published : 02 Jun 2009 03:20:00 AM ISTLast Updated : 02 Jun 2009 10:14:34 AM IST

HYDERABAD: The CPI (Maoist) today said it would avenge the ‘killing’ of party senior leaders Patel Sudhakar Reddy and Kanuguda Venkataiah by the police on May 23.

In a press note here today, Maoist spokesperson Azad warned Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, SIB and Greyhounds that they would have to pay a ‘heavy price’.

“Both of our comrades were arrested in Nasik in Maharashtra around 1 am on May 23 and shown as killed in an encounter in the early hours of May 24 in Lavvala forest near Tadwai in Warangal district,’’ he said. The encounter theory was fabricated by the police. “We can prove that both our comrades were picked up in Nasik some hours before the so-called encounter,’’ he claimed.

Sudhakar Reddy was a member of the Maoist Central Committee as well as Central Military Commission.

He was a sharp shooter.

But the pictures of the bodies showed that both were shot from point blank range, Azad alleged.

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