Saturday, October 23, 2021

Maoists face leadership crisis as top guns age

VISAKHAPATNAM: With virtually no fresh recruitment and fast dwindling support of villagers in the last few years, the Maoist Party is in leadership crisis. According to sources, 15 of the 24 members in the party 

central committee



 are over 60 years and recent pandemic coupled with vector-borne diseases in the jungles has further weakened the extremists. The recent death of Akkiraju Haragopal alias RK has added to the crisis. 

Though the leadership baton was passed on to Basavaraj from Ganapati two years ago, the outlawed extremist group has been struggling. There has been no replacement to the Maoist leaders and cadre killed in encounters or due to ailments..


While six members of the central committee and politburo died, two others had surrendered to the police in the last six years leaving a big vacuum. Moreover, eight members of the 20-plus central committee, and four of the 12 politburo members are believed to be undergoing treatment for various health issues. Sources said there is no potential second-rung leadership in all stages of the organisational setup.

It is estimated that the Maoist Party once had more than 20,000 armed cadres and around two lakh militia members across the nation. Now it has come down to less than 7,000 armed cadres and a few thousand militia members. Student wings like Radical Students’ Union (RSU) and Radical Youth League (RYL) and farm labour committees have no support base.

Information gathered by intelligence agencies recently indicates that there were only 18 central committee members now as against more than 35 in 2010. A few members were inducted 18 months ago to increase the number to 24. The highest body in the 


 party, the politburo, has only 12 members as against 20 a decade ago.

Central Committee leaders Akkiraju Haragopal alias RK of Andhra Pradesh, 

Ravula Srinivas



, and Haribhushan of Telangana, Dev Kumar Singh alias Aravind of Bihar, Narayana Sanyal of Bengal, 

Sridhar Srinivasan

 of Tamil Nadu and Purledu Mukherji of Bengal died in the last six years. Central committee members including 

Oggu Satwaji



 and Jeenugu Narasimha Reddy alias Jampanna surrendered.

Around 10 Maoists' top guns, including the new chief Namballa Kesava Rao alias Basava Raj are in both politburo and central committee. Ten of the top Maoist leaders are from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

Police statistics show Maoists had around 350 to 400 armed cadres in Andhra-Orissa border along with around ,2000 to 3,000 militia members. But the number has now come down to less than 100.

“There is no quality recruitment though the Maoists had some recruitment with uneducated tribals who would not sustain long. Cops are now reaching communities in villages. They are also carrying out focussed operations,” Visakha rural SP B Krishna Rao said

Maoists’ Central Committee confirms Ramakrishna’s death


File photo of Akkiraju Hara Gopal aka Ramakrishna.File photo of Akkiraju Hara Gopal aka Ramakrishna.
Marri RamuHYDERABAD 15 OCTOBER 2021 16:00 IST
UPDATED: 15 OCTOBER 2021 20:57 IST

The outlawed party’s Central Committee said RK died due to kidney failure and other ailments.

The Central Committee of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) on Friday announced the death of its member, Akkiraju Hara Gopal aka Ramakrishna (RK), around 6 a.m. on Thursday.

It said RK died due to kidney failure and other ailments. “He suddenly developed kidney-related complications. Immediately, medical treatment was started with dialysis when his kidneys failed triggering other health complications,” noted a statement issued in the name of Central Committee spokesperson Abhay.

Despite extending ‘good medical treatment’, he could not be saved. Tributes were paid to him by conducting his final rites in the presence of revolutionary cadre, it stated, describing his death as an irreparable loss to the party.



The committee praised his ‘selfless services to revolutionary movement’ and asserted that the party’s cadre would be motivated by his style, simple life and affection towards people and complete the democratic revolution.

A school teacher

Born in 1958 in Palnadu region of Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh, RK completed his post-graduation. His father was a school teacher.

Having worked as a teacher along with his father, RK got attracted to revolutionary politics and took the membership of the CPI-ML (People’s War Group) in 1978. Two years later, he attended PWG’s Guntur district conference. After two years, he joined the PWG as a full-time worker. Within four years, he became PWG’s Guntur district secretary.

The party shifted him to the AOB (Andhra-Odisha Border) area after alleged attempts to eliminate him began following the failure of ‘peace talks’ with the AP government in 2004. RK married Shirisha while leading the revolutionary movement. The couple had a son, Munna (Pruthvi). He was killed in an encounter at Ramaguda in 2018, according to the party.

Ramakrishna’s chronology

* 1992: RK became PWG state committee member.

* 2000: Became AP state committee secretary.

* 2001:Became Central Committee member in PWG’s ninth conference held in 2001.

* 2004: Led party representatives during peace talks held with AP government.

* He was eventually made in-charge of Andhra-Odisha-Border (AOB) area.

* Worked as AOB area secretary till 2014.

* 2018: CC made him party’s Polit Bureau member.

(With inputs from Sumit Bhattacharjee)

Maoists’ visit expose Govt. faultlines


Staff ReporterMALAPPURAM 21 OCTOBER 2021 21:15 IST
UPDATED: 21 OCTOBER 2021 21:15 IST

Disenchanted with the police, tribal people fail to inform the authorities

The tribes people of the hamlets off the Government Seed Garden Complex at Munderi in Nilambur forest appear to have been disenchanted with the Government, especially the police.

The recent visit by a group of Maoists belonging to the Nadugani Dalam to the Vaniyampuzha tribal colony has been viewed as testimony to the distancing of the tribes people from the authorities.



The police reportedly learned about the Maoists visit two days later. None in the tribal hamlet bothered to inform the police, in spite of the best efforts made by the authorities in recent years by planting informers among the tribal people and by wooing the youngsters.

The attitude of the authorities concerned, including the police, forest, revenue and tribal departments, to the suffering of the families in the marooned hamlets of Vaniyampuzha, Iruttukuthi, Thandankallu, Tharippapotti and Kumbalappara has been the main reason for the disenchantment.

Many families in Vaniyampuzha hamlet have been homeless since the floods of 2019 devastated their houses. They still sleep on tree tops in fear of elephant attack at night. The Government has not rehabilitated them. Neither the Government bothered to reconstruct the bridges to connect the tribes people with the mainland.

Six Maoists who visited the hamlet on Saturday were learned to have spent that night with the tribes people. The tribes people offered them food. None informed the police even after the Maoists stayed in the hamlet the whole night. A tribal youth, on assurance of anonymity, told The Hindu that they did not feel like informing anyone because of the lack of attention from the authorities to their basic needs.

All youngsters in the hamlets off Munderi have mobile phones. Yet none gave the police a buzz, prompting the officers for a rethink about the strategies they follow in wooing the Adivasis to get rid of the Maoists.

The Maoists were learned to have told the Adivasis about the necessity of getting jobs in government plantations. Although the Government Seed Garden Complex, popularly known as Munderi Farm, is close to them, very few of them have been employed there.

The police have reportedly enhanced their vigil following the visit of the Maoists

Sukma police take time off to engage, dine with surrendered Maoists to infuse new hope

By Ejaz Kaiser| Express News Service | Published: 22nd October 2021 10:19 AM
Sukma SP Sunil Sharma having meal with the surrendered Maoists.

RAIPURA: The surrender by hundreds of cadres of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) in the conflict zone of Bastar, south Chhattisgarh, are seen as one of the indicators of success during the ongoing anti-Maoist operations.

While achieving such a significant goal, the Sukma SP Sunil Sharma believes that completion of the mission on surrender will only be realised after good reassurance gets instilled among those who were associated with the banned outfit but took a crucial decision and are now starting a new chapter in life.

“The trust factor is vital. They have exuded faith in the state and the society. It is now our responsibility to ensure the Maoists who surrendered should get a feel of being readily accepted by all including the people and the administration after they relinquished their banned organisation. They should experience a sense of the mainstream society to live a life of dignity,” said Sukma district police chief.  

Sharma, an IPS officer of 2017-batch, took charge of Sukma district in July this year and during the last 100 days he succeeded to win the confidence of 178 rebels under the ongoing the ‘Puna Narkom' campaign (in local tribal Gondi dialect meaning “New Dawn”) launched by him.

The SP and his team ordinarily interact with surrendered Maoists to begin with and try to address the revival of positiveness among them on behalf of the state and the local population.

“Having meals together with the senior police officers, sharing our future concerns with them strengthens our resolve as they facilitate our joining the mainstream society," said a surrendered Maoist Sodi Muya who carried a reward of Rs eight lakh on his head.

The Sukma police believe the reposing of such trust remains personal for the cadres who laid down their arms, as they evaluate their present and future relations across the tribal dominated regions that also witnesses armed confrontation