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Varavara Rao calls for probe by CBI into the incident

‘Fake encounter killings continuing since breakdown of peace talks’

Encounters no solution to naxalite problem, says TRS president

HYDERABAD: Former CPI (Maoist) emissary in peace talks with State Government Varavara Rao has said that the slain Patel Sudhakar Reddy and Venkataiah were picked up by police from Shirdi before being declared dead in alleged encounter in Lavvala forest of Tadvai mandal in Warangal district.

The CPI (Maoist) organisation was in touch with Sudhakar Reddy over phone between 7.55 a.m. and 8.05 a.m. on Saturday. After that, it lost contact, he said.

Mr. Varavara Rao also said the police kept watch on the movements of Maoist leaders from Nashik in Maharashtra since May 19. They escaped being nabbed by police at Nashik after the party alerted Sudhakar Reddy. He described the killing of Sudhakar Reddy as a huge loss to the party as he was a versatile personality and a genius. He expressed the hope that the party would overcome the loss.

Human Rights Forum State general secretary K. Balagopal expressed serious doubts over the claim of police that Sudhakar Reddy was killed in an encounter in Tadvai forest as it was out of realm of possibility for a leader of that stature to visit such a place. Not even low and middle level cadre of the Maoist party visited interior villages in Warangal and Karimnagar districts in the last two years due to repression by police. He demanded an investigation into the incident by the Central Bureau of Investigation.

Balladeer Gadar said the killing of Maoist leaders in fake encounters went on unhindered since the breakdown of peace talks in 2005. The CPI (Maoist) lost a great personality in Sudhakar Reddy who promised that he would give his life to the poor, he said.

Telangana Rashtra Samiti president K. Chandrasekhar Rao condemned the incident and said encounters were no solution to naxalite problem.