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Superintendent of Police Vikram Jeet Duggal (left) with the 13 armed militia members of the CPI (Maoist) who surrendered to him at Narsipatnam on Wednesday.
Superintendent of Police Vikram Jeet Duggal (left) with the 13 armed militia members of the CPI (Maoist) who surrendered to him at Narsipatnam on Wednesday.

Thirteen members of banned CPI (Maoist)’s armed militia, who were allegedly involved in the Maoists’ led attack on villagers of Saagulu at Lakkavaram in Chintapalli mandal on February 19, 2013 in which three persons were killed, surrendered to Superintendent of Police Vikram Jeet Duggal at Narsipatnam on Wednesday.

The 13 Girijans, belonging to Kondu community, are from Pedapadu village under Devarapalli Panchayat in G.K. Veedhi mandal, a stronghold of Galikonda area committee of the Maoist party and from where party leaders like Jambri and Lambayya hail. Surrender of as many as 13 armed militia, particularly from this village with polling for general elections round the corner has a lot of significance, Mr. Duggal said.

OSD of Narsipatnam A.R. Damodhar, ASP of Narsipatnam Vishal Gunni and DSP of Chintapalli E.G. Ashok Kumar were also present.

It may be recalled that the Maoists had called for a “Panchayati” to solve a dispute between two sects of Girijans at Lakkavaram village on Feb. 19 last year and villagers from Saagulu did not accept the conditions laid down by the Maoists and the meeting ended up with the Kondu community Girijans allegedly attacking the Saagulu villagers along with Maoists.

Mr. Duggal said the police personnel visiting several interior villages which are under the Maoists’ influence as part of Sadbhavana Yatras has resulted in the surrender of these armed militia members.

He urged the Girijans to participate in the polling on May 7 without fear as they did during the recent elections.

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