Visakhapatnam

Elusive leader RK, aka Akkiraju Haragopal, still calls the shots

Ramakrishna  

Who is leading the Maoist cadres in the AOB (Andhra-Odisha Border) region, especially on the Andhra side? This is a question that has been asked many times in the recent past.

The question had become very pertinent, particularly after the Ramaguda exchange of fire (EoF) in October 2016, when 30 Maoists were killed by the AP Greyhounds and almost the entire MKVB (Malkangiri-Koraput-Vizag Border) Division was wiped out.

Post Ramaguda, different versions have come out – one suggesting that Mallojula Venugopala Rao alias Sonu of Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee (DKSZC), and the younger brother of Kishanji, who was killed in the West Midnapore encounter in West Bengal in November 2011 - was leading the cadres. While others are suggesting that Gajarla Ravi alias Uday of AOBSZC (Andhra-Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee) was calling the shots.

Now, all speculations seems to have been put to rest with Vanthala Balakrishna Naidu alias Vivek, of ACM (Area Committee Member) rank confirming that the reins are in the hands of seasoned campaigner and Central Committee member Akkiraju Haragopal, alias Ramakrishna, alias RK.

Mr. Naidu, a B.Tech-turned Maoist, surrendered before the police on Tuesday and has confirmed the presence of RK, as he was associated with him and Uday for the last three to four months. “RK is in control of things and he is being assisted by Uday,” he told the police.

It may be remembered that RK was reportedly present on October 24, 2016, at Ramaguda when the EoF had taken place and was grievously injured. There were reports that he suffered bullet wounds in one of his legs and he gave a slip to the Greyhounds team to move to a secure place in Chhattisgarh to recuperate. RK’s 25-year-old son Munna, alias Sivaji was also killed in the encounter.

Recruit, regroup and recon

It is learnt that RK, who is familiar with the AOB region and has spent considerable time in the area, was given the task to rebuild and strengthen the sagging movement in the agency areas of Visakhapatnam.

According to Rahul Dev Sharma, Superintendent of Police, Visakhapatnam District, the Maoist movement has considerably weakened in the Galikonda region and some parts of Korukonda, and their presence is now limited to some interior parts of AOB and Cut-Off Areas. Developmental schemes are now reaching the tribals, and RK’s coming back to the region indicates that they are onto something big, he added.

According to sources, RK is moving with around 40-60 highly-trained and armed cadres in the Cut-Off Area and the group was sighted many times in the recent past.

Interestingly, most of the cadres are from Chhattisgarh, and apart from planning attacks on the security forces, the focus is on recruitment, Mr. Sharma pointed out.


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