Three years ago, Kunja Ramesh used to adjudicate disputes of people as an underground Naxalite with CPI-ML (Praja Pratighatana Group). Today, in a role reversal, the man in his mid-twenties is seeking justice against the same rebels he once hobnobbed with.
The erstwhile nemesis of the law is now seeking police help to get his wife of five years back from Naxalites. Ramesh’s ordeal began last week, when Sakkubai, his wife, left for the jungles — fed up with mainstream life, she wanted to rejoin the Naxalite group.
Since then, Ramesh has been seeking help from one and all – particularly the police and even Pratighatana members – to get his wife back. So much so, that he has told the police top brass to exert pressure on Sakkubai’s parents for this, he thinks, will make her return.
It was in November last year, when Sakkubai became pregnant, that the couple decided to lead a normal life once again after three years in the jungle. They surrendered before the police and were promised government help for rehabilitation.
But things did not go as Ramesh had planned. Sakkubai, having given birth to twin daughters, became increasingly dissatisfied with the routine of a domestic life. Plus, the money that Ramesh earned from a regular job was barely enough to make ends meet.
It is not that life underground involved no hardship. But that, Sakkubai reasoned, was more than compensated for by the love and respect of the people she lived with then. So she left and thus began Ramesh’s despair.
But the police have said they will help. “Although it is a personal matter, we are trying to help him out. We are counseling Sakkubai’s parents so that they can make their daughter see sense," said Bayyaram police station sub-inspector Nune Venkateswarlu.