Monday, August 29, 2005

Maoists sent five-member "suicide squad" to assassinate YSR

According to Indian police sources the outlawed Maoist Communist Party of India has sent a five-member "suicide squad" to assassinate Andhra Pradesh's Chief Minister Yeduguri Sandinti Rajasekhara Reddy. According to police intelligence gleaned from the diary of top Naxalite leader Divakar alias Ravi, the action team is led by commander Ashanna alias T Vasudev Rao. Rao played a key role in the assassination of senior Telugu Desam minister A. Madhav Reddy in 2000. Three years later Rao was also involved in a foiled attempt on the life of the then Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu. Last week police killed Divakar, the Maoist Communist Party of India Nalgonda district committee secretary, during a gun battle in Mahbubnagar district. Police sources speaking on condition of anonymity say that the diary and the other documents recovered after the encounter laid out Maoist plans to carry out large-scale attacks on political leaders as well as police stations

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