Thursday, March 04, 2010

Free Telugu Deepak or else, Naxals warn Govt

CORNERED: Venkateshwar Reddy alias Telugu Deepak was arrested by the CID in Kolkata.

New Delhi: The Maoists have issued an ultimatum to the Government asking for the release of their leader Venkateshwar Reddy alias Telugu Deepak by 5 pm on Saturday or be ready to face consequences.

They have said that if the Home Ministry doesn't call by on Saturday, the CPI-Maoist will go on a full-scale offensive against the state

Venkateshwar Reddy alias Telugu Deepak was arrested by the CID in Kolkata following a tip-off on March 3.

He is said to have planned the attack in Sildha on February 15, which left 24 jawans of the Eastern Frontier Rifles (EFR) dead. The Maoist leader is believed to be from Andhra Pradesh.

Police say Deepak was in charge of Naxal operations in West Bengal, and that he is close to the the dreaded Naxal leader Koteshwar Rao alias Kishenji.

They have also demanded the release of other political prisoners along with Telugu Deepak.

Telugu Deepak's arrest adds to the list of key Maoist leaders who have been put behind bars since 2008 when Poliburo member Pramod Mishra was arrested in Jharkhand followed by Amit Bagchi in August 2009 another Politburo member Kobad gandhy was arrested in September 2009 from Delhi and yet another Bajraj was nabbed in Kanpur recently in february this year

CPI-Maoist central committee members Ashutosh and Amar were also arrested in 2009

Meanwhile, Arrested Maoist Leader, Kobad Ghandhy's chargesheet will come up for hearing today (Thursday).

A 35 page chargesheet against arrested Maoist ideologue Kobad Ghandy will be examined by a Delhi Court today.

A special cell of the Delhi Police claims Ghandy knew about the abduction and killing of Jharkhand policeman Francis Induvar, and that he was involved in antinational activities. The chargesheet also contains details of Ghandy's meeting with Nepal Maoist chief Prachand.

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