ANDHRA PRADESH

Drama precedes surrender of naxalite

Special Correspondent

Konapuri Ramulu surrenders at the office of DIG

HYDERABAD: 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 dropped Ms. Jaya and Ramulu at the DIG's office. A visibly harassed Ms. Jaya lodged a complaint with Mr. Easwara Reddy.

The DIG expressed regret over the inconvenience caused to her and attributed it to a `communication gap'. Ramulu said he was forced to retreat into the forest as a naxalite renegade Nayeem, had threatened to kill him. He met his brother Sambasivudu in Nallamala forest and later left for Mumbai. On return from Mumbai, he informed the CPI MP that he wanted to surrender.

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