Within a week of surrender of her husband and top Maoist leader Ponnojula Parameswara Rao alias Nandu, a member of Galikonda area committee Seendri Chandri alias Swaroopa surrendered before Superintendent of Police Vineet Brij Lal here on Saturday.
Nandu had surrendered on March 28 owing to ill health: he is a severe diabetic, and Swaroopa is suffering from spondilits. “We have surrendered only due to ill health”, Swaroopa, who carried a reward of Rs. 2 lakh on her head, told reporters. She was staying at Lenjuguda near Janbai in Orissa and had stayed there till coming to learn Nandu's surrender.
From 2005 Swaroopa had wanted to leave the party due to ill health but its east division secretary Ganesh had wanted her to stay back since her husband was active in the party.
Her husband and she would go to her in-laws' native village Hasanparthi in Warangal district and settle down in life with the help of reward on their heads (Nandu carried a reward of Rs. 5 lakh on his head) the Government had decided to give them, Swaroopa said. A rehabilitation package would also be given to the couple. Mr. Brij Lal said she would be provided medical treatment also. Nandu had been examined at a corporate hospital here after his surrender and was told to get admitted for treatment. But he had wanted to be nearer to his family and preferred treatment at Warangal or Hyderabad.
Mr. Brij Lal said a few more Maoists were likely to surrender shortly. Around five of them had quit the party and they were reportedly trying to contact the officials.
Daughter of an agriculture labourer of Kindangi (Boodaralla Panchayat) in Koyyuru mandal, Swaroopa decided to join naxalites in 1996 at the age of 15 when her parents wanted to perform her marriage with a cousin much older. She was also influenced by the speeches of a top Maoist leader Sattenna and Nandu. She was with the Tandava dalam and when she and Nandu wanted to get married the party performed the marriage in 1998 at Mikudupalli village. A few thousands of people had reportedly attended the marriage.
Swaroopa was promoted to area committee member and was sent to the Galikonda AC. She was involved in the incidents of blasting of Forest Office building at RV Nagaram in 1997 and the Puttakota exchange of fire.