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Drama precedes surrender of naxalite

SENSATIONAL SURRENDER: Underground naxalite Konapuri Ramulu seen with CPI MP Azeez Pasha in Hyderabad on Wednesday. Photo: Mohd. Yousuf

SENSATIONAL SURRENDER: Underground naxalite Konapuri Ramulu seen with CPI MP Azeez Pasha in Hyderabad on Wednesday. Photo: Mohd. Yousuf  

Special Correspondent

Konapuri Ramulu surrenders at the office of DIG (Hyderabad Range)

Konapuri Ramulu was an underground naxalParticipated in attack on Atmakur police station

An underground naxalite Konapuri Ramulu, who is the brother of CPI (Maoist) State secretary Sambasivudu, surrendered to the police under dramatic circumstances here on Wednesday.

Unaware that Ramulu was proceeding to the office of the Deputy Inspector General of Police (Hyderabad Range) R. Easwara Reddy, to give himself up with the help of mediators, plainclothes policemen of the City Task Force kept a vigil for him at the residence of a civil rights leader Jaya Vindhyala, at Malakpet for two days. They chased the car in which Ms. Jaya and Ramulu set off for the DIG's office after prior appointment. She had been requested by CPI MP S. Sudhakar Reddy to help out Ramulu last evening.

As Ms. Jaya's car reached Putlibowli, about 20 policemen in three cars intercepted the vehicle and dragged out the driver Pasha. Six of them even squeezed into the car and took control of the steering. They drove the car up to Buddha Bhavan where they realised that Ms. Jaya was genuinely mediating the surrender after the CPI MP had contacted top police officials.

The policemen immediately reversed the car and dropped Ms. Jaya and Ramulu at the DIG's office at Lakdikapul.

A visibly harassed Ms. Jaya lodged a complaint with Mr. Easwara Reddy that she was intimidated by the policemen and that her purse, a cell phone and two credit cards were snatched.

She said the policemen verified the phone numbers on her mobile and later switched off the instrument. By then, CPI Rajya Sabha member Azeez Pasha also reached the DIG's office.

The DIG expressed regret over the inconvenience caused to her and attributed it to a `communication gap'.

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