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Joining mainstream: SP Vineet Brij Lal producing Maoists Kakuri Kantamma and Vanthala Somaraju before the media in Visakhapatnam on Thursday. - Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam
Joining mainstream: SP Vineet Brij Lal producing Maoists Kakuri Kantamma and Vanthala Somaraju before the media in Visakhapatnam on Thursday. - Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam

Two naxalites, one a commander of the Korukonda area committee and the other a woman and deputy commander of a platoon of central regional company of CPI (Maoist) joined the mainstream, with one of the strong reasons for quitting the party being to get married.

Vanthala Somaraju, alias Sekhar, 25, and Kakuri Kantamma, alias Shanti, who were involved in many major offences, carry a reward of Rs. 2 lakh each. They surrendered before Superintendent of Police Vineet Brij Lal here on Thursday after being underground.

Disillusionment with the party over domination by cadres from outside the State, families pressing for their return and the likely objection of the party to their marriage, are among the reasons for them to come out of the party. While Somaraju informed the party before leaving, Kantamma was not allowed to leave but she quit on learning that Somaraju was leaving. She left a letter to east division committee secretary Ganesh about her decision.

Somaraju's father was jailed on a murder charge, his mother wanted him to come back and his two brothers were warned by the Maoists for allegedly supporting bauxite mining in the Visakha Agency and gathering local support for mining. Somaraju said the party did not trust him totally in this issue and this had upset him. The reward on their heads would be given to the two surrendered Maoists and other rehabilitation measures would follow, Mr. Brij Lal told reporters.

Somaraju was member of the action team that killed Zilla Praja Parishad Vice-Chairman Samide Ravishankar, mandal president of Hukumpeta, Chittibabu, and two others. He participated in the attacks on police stations at Koyyuru and R. Udayagiri in Orissa and was involved in exchange of fire in Visakha and East Godavari agency areas.

Kantamma was shifted to this area a few months ago from Chhattisgarh where she was involved in eight incidents of exchange of fire with the police. Several CRPF personnel were killed when their anti-mine vehicle was blasted and fired at in Chhattisgarh.

In the latest exchange of fire at Killamkota in G. Madugula mandal, three policemen were injured.

Vanthala Somaraju and Kakuri Kantamma carry a reward of Rs. 2 lakh each


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