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Woman naxal leader killed in Gadchiroli

Senior naxalite leader and the lone female the central committee member of CPI (Maoist) Narmada or Narmadakka is believed to have been killed in an encounter near Hiker in Gadchiroli recently. Pradip Kumar Maitra reports.
Hindustan Times | By Pradip Kumar Maitra, Nagpur
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2012 12:40 AM IST

The senior Naxalite leader and the lone female member of central committee of CPI (Maoist), Narmadakka is believed to have been killed in a police naxalite encounter, near Hiker village, bordering Abujhmad of Chhattisgarh, in south Gadchiroli recently.

According to reports, the Naxalites attacked a police party on December 4 last in Hiker jungle under Aheri tahsil of Gadchiroli district, during a routine patrolling.

The police party retaliated and a woman naxalite was killed while four-five other Maoists were injured in the fierce hour-long firing, informed Mohd Suvej Haq, the superintendent of police (SP), Gadchiroli district.

“The naxalite managed to carry the body and fled the scene,” Haq said. The intelligence sources identified the women naxalite killed in the encounter as Narmada. “We also hear about it from our sources. Now we are waiting for the confirmation from the naxalite,” he said.

It was said that she was buried at Malwada tribal village in Kanker district of Chhattisgarh.

Narmadakka (46) was appointed as divisional secretary of South Gadchiroli division a few years ago after the death of Shivanna.

She was later elevated as chief of the women wing of CPI (Maoist) and subsequently as central committee member.

She was the second female activist in the CPI (Maoist) organization who was selected to the central committee after Anuradha Gandhi.

Gandhi, wife of Kobad Gandhi, a polit bureau member of CPI(Maoist), who is now in jail, died of malaria, a few years ago.

Narmada, who was believed to be killed in the encounter, belonged to neighbouring Andhra Pradesh and was a college dropout.

After taking over reins of the Gadchiroli unit a few years ago, she set up five different platoons -- an aggressive military force -- in her territory equipped with modern arms, ammunition and latest communication network to counter the state machinery.

She was the wife of CPI (Maoist) ideologue Sudhakar allias Kiran, who works for its publication division. Sudhakar is now a polit bureau member of CPI (Maoist).

Narmadakka death would be a major blow for the naxalite movement in Dandakaranya region as she was instrumental for mobilising women folk for the ultra-left movement in the area.

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