Most-wanted Maoist Jampanna, wife surrender before Telangana police
The Maoist couple reportedly decided to walk out of the jungles on health grounds but the police believe Jampanna had ideological differences with other top leaders.india Updated: Dec 23, 2017 13:43 IST
Jinugu Narasimha Reddy alias Jampanna, one of the most-wanted central committee members of an outlawed Maoist outfit, surrendered before the Telangana police late on Friday along with his wife and another senior extremist leader.
Sources said Jampanna (57), who carried a reward of Rs 24 lakh on his head, and wife Rajitha (37), with Rs 20 lakh reward on her, approached the police through a top Telangana Rashtra Samithi leader in Warangal (rural) district. The TRS leader had arranged the surrender after getting the approval from chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.
The Maoist couple reportedly decided to walk out of the jungles on health grounds but the police believe Jampanna had ideological differences with other top leaders.
Jampanna, who hails from remote Cherlapalem village in Thorrur block of Telangana’s Mahbubabad district, joined the erstwhile People’s War Group (PWG) more than three and a half decades ago.
A polytechnic student, he worked in different capacities, including as a secretary of the North Telangana Special Zonal Committee of the outfit, before being elevated to Central Committee. He is known as an expert in military operations in the party.
Jampanna married Rajitha, who hails from Damara block in Warangal district, who also grew from the lowest position to the top. A post-graduate in Mathematics from Osmania University, Rajitha joined the Maoist party in 2003.
Jampanna is said to have worked on the Chhattisgarh-Odisha border for a long time, and headed the Odisha State Committee’s military commission and led the KKBN (Kalahandi-Kandhamal-Boudh-Nayagarh) division of the Maoists.
He led the Maoists in the 2008 Nayagarh armory loot and 2004 Koraput district armory attack that provided much-needed ammunition to the rebels.
When he was operating under the Dandakaranya zonal committee of the Maoists in 2014, he was tasked with expanding Maoist influence from Kandhamal to Kalahandi, a forested corridor.
In December 2014, he had a narrow escape from an anti-insurgency operation by special police in Telan reserve forest on Kalahandi-Kandamahal border in Odisha
Officials said Jampanna was mostly staying in Kandhamal, a challenging terrain for security forces due to its dense forests and hillocks, after the joint Andhra-Odisha police encounter with Maoists that killed 30 rebels in October last year.
In 2012, the undivided Warangal district police appealed Jampanna to join the mainstream to help serve the poor, saying that 46 poor kids could be operated upon for heart ailments and bore wells could be dug in 250 villages with the reward amount announced on him. He lost his father in 2004 and his aged mother has been taken care of by the Thorrur police in an old age home.
Jampanna will now get Rs 24 lakh, the amount he was carrying as a reward. In cases of surrender, police offer the reward amount to them to take up their own enterprise and join the mainstream.
(With inputs from Debabrata Mohanty from Bhubaneswar)
First Published: Dec 23, 2017 13:42 IST