Hyderabad: The outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) has denied speculation that top Maoist Ganapathi is in talks to surrender before the Telangana government. The reports are a “brutal lie” of the Modi government and an attempt to divert people’s attention from other major issues, it said in a statement issued to the media.
There has been speculation this week that Ganapathi would surrender, with some media reports citing unnamed police officials in Telangana and Chhattisgarh as the source of this information.
Top Maoist leader Muppalla Lakshman Rao alias Ganapathi served as general secretary of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) for almost 26 years from 1992 to 2018. The CPI (Maoist) was born in 2004, when the CPI (ML) and the Maoist Communist Centre of India merged.
Ganapathi stepped down two years ago due to age and ill health.
Aged over 70, he is believed to suffer from acute arthritis and diabetes, among other health ailments. He carries a reward of Rs 1.50 crore on his head.
In its statement, CPI (Maoist) central Maoist committee said the talk of his surrender was “a planned conspiracy under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, with the help of Ajit Doval (National Security Adviser) and Vijay Kumar (senior security adviser in home ministry) of the brutal Indian security machinery including Telangana SIB and Chattisgarh Intelligence agency”.
“The entire Indian economy is in the grip of severe economic recession in the leadership of fascist Modi & gang. The severity of economy increased with the Covid-19 pandemic. The sea of protests of people increasing day by day against Modi government… The government is in a desperate condition…,” the body said. “To deceive the people and sidetrack the entire population, the Modi government is maliciously propagating the com Ganapathi surrender story,” it added