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Turned tides: Maoist Kusuma Kattaiah, who surrendered to the police, stands with the Superintendent of Police, Shah Nawaz Qasim in Warangal on Wednesday. -
Turned tides: Maoist Kusuma Kattaiah, who surrendered to the police, stands with the Superintendent of Police, Shah Nawaz Qasim in Warangal on Wednesday. -

Staff Reporter

Kusuma Kattaiah, 45, belongs to Suripally village, Warangal

WARANGAL: Maoist Kusuma Kattaiah alias Umesh alias Kailash, working as regional committee member of North Maharashtra, surrendered to the police in the presence of Superintendent of Police (SP), Shah Nawaz Qasim, here on Wednesday.

According to the SP, Kattaiah (45) belongs to Suripally village of Chennaraopet mandal in Warangal district. He discontinued his schooling in 1985 and migrated to Surat in Gujarat to eke out a living as a labourer in the power loom industry. There he took part in Jana Sangarsh Natya Manch, a frontal organisation of a Maoist party and went underground in 1987.

In 1992, he was shifted to the Nasik district of Maharashtra, where he worked as a squad member operating in Harsul and Surugana areas until 1997. In 1998, he was elevated to the rank of central organiser and was active in the organisation. He formed trade unions among the labourers working in textile industries as a cover organisation of CPI (Maoists) and he fought for a hike in wages of labourers working in textile industries in Surat.

On June 13, 2007 he was arrested by Rajura police of Chandrapur district. After being released on bail in December, he returned to the Maoist party.

Health reasons

Citing health reasons and differences with the party leadership, he surrendered before the police here on Wednesday.

The SP appealed to all other underground cadres to give up arms, join the mainstream and lead a normal life.


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