Wednesday, December 07, 2005

‘I now realise the consequences’ Top Naxal cadre’s wife speaks after arrest

Wednesday December 7 2005 10:00 IST

KORAPUT: I, now, realise the consequences of being involved in Naxal activities, said Chandrama alias Akhila, the senior woman cadre of CPI (Maoist) who was arrested along with her husband Gudda Nageshwar Rao alias Suresh, a local dalam commander of CPI (Maoist) on Monday.

Suresh, police said, was commanding Pappulur local guerrilla squad (LGS) in Malkangiri after serving more than a decade in the southern Orissa district and neighbouring Andhra Pradesh.

‘‘There was a time I led an ordinary but peaceful life at my village, Agrawaram, under Godem police limits. But things were set to change soon. It all started with my husband (they weren’t married then) attending meetings conducted by Naxals at his native village, Konamuli, under Pedabailu police limits of Visakhapatnam district in 1994. The meetings inspired him to become ‘revolutionary’ and join the Naxal stream. It was only after three years that I followed in his footsteps,’’ Chandrama told mediapersons here on Tuesday.

The two got married in 2001.

‘‘Suresh was involved in the operation at Janbai-Maliguda police camp in 1998 where a constable was killed and fire-arms were looted and the one at Duggaguda in Andhra Pradesh where seven constables were killed in 2000. Besides, he was involved in the killing of 10 policemen including CRPF jawans at Gumphagunda in Malkangiri. It was the success of these operations that made my husband a commander in various dalams (otherwise known as LGS),’’ she revealed.

While Chandrama had been provided with a 12 bore country-made gun, her husband had a 303 gun. But Chandrama said they were not being paid for the operations.

‘‘In fact, I was not keeping well and we had decided to withdraw. Besides, we were scared of being caught by Andhra Pradesh police. Thus, for the last one-month, we had settled in Jaiphoolguda under Padua police limits in Koraput. We had also purchased land in the village. We wanted a peaceful life together but it was not to be, ’’
Chandrama said.

‘‘Now I regret the pain we have given to so many families due to our operations,’’ she added.

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