Sunday, November 21, 2010

Orissa cops nab RK's close aide

TNN, Nov 22, 2010, 02.52am IST

VISAKHAPATNAM: Former Maoist state committee leader and Amara Veerula Bandhumitrula Sangham state president Ganti Prasad was taken to Koraput on Sunday by Orissa cops after he was arrested at Vizag railway station on Saturday night.

Sources said Prasad would be produced before the Koraput magistrate late in the night and sent to judicial remand on the charges of waging war against the state and conspiring against the government and police. Prasad is a close associate of top Maoist leader Ramakrishna alias RK, who escaped the Orissa police dragnet in Narayanpatna forest block recently.

Sources said the cops trailed Prasad from Vijayawada after he got into Janmabhoomi Express and once the train reached Vizag, they took him into custody. He was immediately whisked away to an unknown location. Later, it was learnt that he was taken to Sunebada. Police got information that Prasad has been maintaining contact with RK and Sudhakar, another top Maoist leader. "In fact, it was Prasad who had made all arrangements for the meeting of Sireesha alias Padma with her husband RK in Narayanpatna block before she was arrested by Orissa cops," sources said.

Police sources said Prasad was acting as a political tutor for the underground cadre Naxals. Civil rights organizations representatives said Prasad went missing after 6.30 pm while travelling in Janmabhoomi Express. "He had neither reached Visakhapatnam nor Komarthi village in Srikakulam where he resides with his family," they said.

Former Virasam president G Kalyan Rao said he had a telephonic conversation with Prasad at 5.30 pm. Virasam member Chalasani Prasad said he had called up Prasad's son around 6.30 pm. "After that his whereabouts were not known. We believe he must have been picked up between Tuni and Vizag," he said.

Prasad was one of the six accused in the Aurangabad conspiracy case in May 2005. All the accused were acquitted in August this year as there was no evidence to prove that they had hatched the conspiracy.

Prasad was an underground cadre of the erstwhile People's War Group. His brother Ganti Ramesh alias Rajanna, secretary of Srikakulam division, was among the 11 Naxals killed in the Kopardung encounter in 1998.

Earlier, Kalyana Rao and Chalasani Prasad demanded that the government produce Prasad before court immediately. "We fear there is a threat to his life from the police. Hence, we want the government to produce Prasad immediately," they said.

Read more: Orissa cops nab RK's close aide - The Times of India

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