D. Chandra Bhaskar Rao

BHADRACHALAM: Maturi Yadagiri alias Sagar, Khammam district secretary of the CPI (Maoist), and his 18-year-old daughter Vennela alias Mayuri were among 17 naxalites killed in Darelli encounter in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh.

Their bodies were identified by Rama Tara, wife of Sagar, at Konta on Thursday. Sagar, who belonged to Dharmaraopet village in Khanapur mandal of Warangal district, also happened to be the Warangal - Yellandu Zonal Committee Member of the party.

Maoist sources claimed that three LGS commanders of the party -- Raghu, Chute and Bhaskar -- from Khammam district were also among the killed.

But their bodies could not be identified in the absence of their relatives or people knowing them. They denied the reports that Chandranna, one of the top leaders of the party, was killed.

Call for bandh

In a press release issued at Charla, Chandranna, the North Telangana Special Zonal Committee secretary, called for bandh in the region on March 25 protesting the killings. He wanted a judicial probe into the incident alleging unilateral firing on the Maoist squads.

Holding the officials of the SIB, Khammam district police and the Chhattisgarh police responsible for the operation, he said that the incident would have its repercussions.

He warned that all those behind the killings would pay a heavy price.

Kosa, another Maoist leader representing the South Bastar Division Committee of the party, also condemned the killings.

In a separate press release issued at Charla, he called for observing bandh in Dandakaranya region and the North Telangana region on March 31 to protest against the killings. He said that the police launched a sneaky attack on the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) Pamedu platoon and the Khammam squads of the party marching together in Pamedu forests.

He alleged that a woman activist of Chatana Natya Manch (CNM) was done to death in the full view of public, while a nine-year-old boy of the children’s wing was taken away by the police.