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State MLAs advised to take additional precautions

Biggest encounter in recent yearsMadhav carried Rs. 10 lakh reward

HYDERABAD: A red alert has been sounded in several districts of Andhra Pradesh by police in the wake of the killing of eight Maoists in the Nallamala forest in Prakasam district on Sunday.

Elected representatives, particularly MLAs, in the sensitive areas have been advised to take additional precautions against possible retaliation by the naxalites and not to move out of their headquarters.

Police were jubilant over their success in eliminating Madhav, CPI (Maoist) State Secretary in the encounter. They established his identity with the help of a surrendered extremist.

`Major achievement'

Director General of Police Swaranjit Sen described the killing as a major achievement, coming as it did a few days before gram panchayat polls. There was a lot of movement of Maoist cadre in Nallamala forest for the last few days. "Obviously, they were planning something big and that has been aborted."

The DGP, Additional DGP (Intelligence) K. Aravinda Rao and IGP Gereyhounds K. Durga Prasad briefed Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy on the events leading to the encounter at a meeting at his camp office on Sunday evening. Sources said the Chief Minister counselled against "unnecessary encounters" but the police officials explained that the exchange of fire took place under unavoidable circumstances.

The killing of Burra Chinnanna Goud alias Madhav alias Srisailam (48) marks the biggest casualty inflicted by police on the Maoists in seven years. This is the third major offensive against Maoists in the last two months. Eleven of them were killed in an encounter in Kadapa in May and eight in Mahabubnagar last month.

Setback

In December 1999, the CPI (Maoist), then People's War, suffered the biggest ever setback with the killing of two Central Committee members, Nalla Adi Reddy and Yerramreddy Santosh Reddy, and State Committee secretary in-charge of North Telangana, Seelam Naresh, in an encounter in Koyyur of Karimnagar district.

Another leader of the rank of State secretary, Puli Anjaiah, was killed near Peesara in Warangal district in October 1993.

As the District Committee Secretary of Mahbubnagar, Madhav, was believed to have led the operation that killed the then SP Pardesi Naidu in a landmine blast in 1992-93. He carried a reward of Rs. 10 lakh on his head. Before his elevation last year as State secretary in-charge of party activities in south Telangana, Rayalaseema and coastal districts, Madhav was a State committee member. He replaced Akkiraju Haragopal alias Ramakrishna as the secretary.

Varavara Rao, revolutionary writer, said the Chief Minister would have to pay a heavy price for the incident as the police had killed Madhav in cold blood after catching him injured. The killing took place within hours after the AP Civil Liberties Committee issued a statement demanding for his treatment with police escort.

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