ANDHRA PRADESH

A long wait for `Swamy'

Mankalamma, mother of CPI(Maoist) leader Swamy, stages a dharna with villagers at the Collectorate on Thursday.

Mankalamma, mother of CPI(Maoist) leader Swamy, stages a dharna with villagers at the Collectorate on Thursday.  

WARANGAL, MARCH 24. News of encounters between the police and Maoists sends shivers down Dadaboyina Mankalamma's spine. She can't eat or sleep till she is sure that Swamy does not figure in the list of victims.

The 70-year-old woman last saw Swamy, her youngest son, five years ago. As he chose the path of revolution after his B. Ed and rose to become the Jangaon central organiser of the CPI (Maoist), she leads a lonely life in Rampet village of Hanmakonda mandal.

Plea to Collector

"My eldest son met with a watery grave long ago and the second son found a job in Bellampally in Adilabad district. I pinned my hopes on Swamy, but he deserted me in old age," Mankalamma told reporters. Accompanied by about 50 villagers, she came here on Thursday to request the Collector and the police officials to use their good offices to bring Swamy alias Prabhakar to mainstream.

In a memorandum submitted at the Collector's office, she maintained that she was unable to cope with the trauma caused by the desertion of his beloved son. The party staged a rasta roko at the Collectorate in an attempt to exert pressure on Swamy.

Police call

Later, they went in procession to meet the Warangal range DIG, B. L. Meena. Addressing the gathering, the police officer called upon the naxalite to give up arms for the sake of his mother. "You need not surrender for me and the villagers. Join the mainstream to take care of your mother,'' he said.

He further said that the Government would rehabilitate him if he surrendered.

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