ANDHRA PRADESH

Wanted Maoist surrenders

Special Correspondent

ONGOLE: A 17-year-old Maoist, M. Koteswara Rao, alias Seshu alias Raghu, surrendered before the police here on Monday. Involved in six offences, including two murder cases, he carried a reward of Rs. 50,000 on his head.

After surrender, he told newspersons that while studying ninth class in an ashram school at Tharigoppula village of Durgi mandal in Guntur district, he was attracted by revolutionary songs. Maoists often visited their school and carried a bus load of students to Hyderabad to participate in the meeting held during peace talks with the Government.

He joined the extremist organisation in October 2005. As a protection squad member of Matta Ravikumar, he travelled in all the extremist-affected mandals of Prakasam district. After Ravikumar was killed in an encounter, he moved over to Cuddapah district where he became a platoon committee member. He came back to Prakasam district last year as a member of Gundlakamma dalam.

Involvement

He carried different kinds of weapons during these assignments. He was allegedly involved in two murder cases and participated in two exchanges of fire with the police. He was among the Maoists who held up an RTC bus and destroyed a wine shop.

After missing an appointment, he moved away from extremist organisation. As several leaders surrendered to the police, he also decided to surrender.

He expressed a wish to continue his education and lead a normal life.

Superintendent of Police Naveen Chandra appealed to other extremists also to surrender and avail rehabilitation offered by the government.

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