Karnataka

Telugu poet-activist Gaddar produced before JMFC court

Revolutionary Telugu poet and activist Gummadi Vittal Rao arriving at the JMFC court in Pavagada of Tumakuru district on Wednesday.

Revolutionary Telugu poet and activist Gummadi Vittal Rao arriving at the JMFC court in Pavagada of Tumakuru district on Wednesday.  

He was granted bail last week in the Venkatammanahalli attack case

Revolutionary Telugu poet, balladeer, and activist Gummadi Vittal Rao (popularly known as Gaddar) appeared before the JMFC court in Pavagada of Tumakuru district on Wednesday as per the direction of the High Court of Karnataka.

The High Court had granted bail to Mr. Vittal Rao last week in the case of the Venkatammanahalli attack by Maoists on a KSRP battalion in 2005. The court had ordered him to appear before the police station where the incident had occurred within 10 days of granting of bail.

Mr. Vittal Rao met the Deputy Superintendent of Police of Madhugiri subdivision on Tuesday and appeared before the JMFC court on Wednesday. He is accused no. 11 in the Venkatammanahalli attack case. Seven people, including six KSRP personnel were killed at Venkatammanahalli in Pavagada taluk in an alleged attack by Maoists.

The incident at Venkatamanahalli was said to be in retaliation of the killing of Maoist leader Saket Rajan in an alleged encounter at Chikkamagaluru district earlier the same year.

Since morning, Dalit activists had gathered on the premises of the court to get a glimpse of Mr. Vittal Rao.

It may be recalled that Telugu poet and writer Varavara Rao, who is accused no 12 in the case, was brought on body warrant to Tumakuru in July from Yerawada jail in Pune.

The Second Additional District Sessions court, Tumakuru, had acquitted 19 out of 41 accused in the Venkatammanahalli Maoist attack case in October, 2011.

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