Key Maoist leaders from Chhattisgarh who surrendered before Andhra Pradesh police, were produced before the media in Hyderabad on Thursday.

GVK Prasad alias Gudsa Usendi was the spokesperson of Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee (DKSZC) and his wife Markam alias Jaini was divisional committee member of DKSZC press unit.

Since Usendi was active in parts of Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and also Madhya Pradesh, as per the legal procedure, he will be also handed over to the police of the respective states and the law will take its own course, AP DGP B Prasada Rao told reporters, adding they were verifying his involvement in cases in different states.

‘Surrendered due to differences with Maoists’

“Frustrated with the policies of the CPI (Maoist) and due to ill-health, both Gudsa Usendi (45) and his wife Santoshi Markam surrendered before AP Police two days ago,” Mr Rao said.

Usendi, a native of Kadavendi village in Warangal district, opposed destruction of school buildings, blasting of high tension power lines and roads and indiscriminate killing of innocent civilians by branding them as police informers, he added.

Usendi had been attracted to the Maoist ideology early in life and had joined the movement in 1985 and participated in its underground activities for about 28 years. The government has announced a cash reward of Rs 20 lakhs for his capture and as part of AP government’s policy, the amount will now be handed over to him for rehabilitation.

Replying to a query, the DGP said of the 17 central committee members, six were from Andhra Pradesh. During last few years, large number of Maoist cadre and members of the Left Wing Extremists (LWE) Groups have surrendered, he said.

“The reward amount is only to encourage them (Maoists) to join the mainstream... it (living under ground) is a tough life for them and many a times they suffer ill health and state is persuading them to surrender,” Mr. Rao said.

“We expect them to surrender and some more Maoists are willing to surrender,” he claimed.