Naxal leader Merugu Sambaiah surrenders

Naxal leader Merugu Sambaiah surrenders
Monday March 26 2007 12:01 IST

WARANGAL: Most wanted Maoist naxal leader Durgam Ramanaiah alias Dilip alias Masa alias Ravi (30) along with his wife Bellamkonda Sarakka and another senior leader Merugu Sambaiah surrendered to the police in the presence of Superintendent of Police Soumya Mishra. He was said to be invloved in the Koraput jailbreak in 2004, in the attack on the security establishments the same night and on the police station at Eturunagaram in Warangal district.

Merugu Sambaiah (55) alias Suramma alias Naganna, associated with the movement for about three decades is secretary of the West Bastar division committee and member of Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee (DKSZC). He is also one of the organisers of Maoist party mobile political academic school and carryies a reward of Rs 2 lakh on his head.

Bellamkonda Sarakka alias Kala (24), is commander of Chaitanya Natya Manch of Maoist party in DKSZC operating in Chattisgarh. Ramanaiah is currently the Central Military Commission (CMC) instructor and is responsible for conducting military training camps for the cadre and top leaders of the Maoist party. He escaped with five weapons after the jailbreak in Koraput.

Ramanaiah, a native of Tadvai mandal was attracted to party since his school days at Eturunagaram in 1993. He joined the Radical Students Union (RSU) and became a full-time member later. He worked in Nallamalla forest area, North Telangana Special Zonal Committee (NTSZC) and DKSZC, Central Regional Bureau (CRB) and Central Military Commission in various capacities. He carries a reward of Rs 2 lakh.

Ramanaiah was involved in the murder of Yellandu market committee chairman Sesharaju Goud and snatching of walkie-talkies from Kothagudem Thermal Power Station, Paloncha in Khammam district.

Following ill-health and to look after his ageing parents, he decided to come out to join the mainstream.

Sambaiah who has been associated with the movement since 1975 and when the party was founded in 1980 is a contemporary of party founder Kondapalli Seetaramaiah and worked with him for long.

A native of Nallabelli village in Sangam Mandal in Warangal district, Sambaiah went underground in 1980 and was shifted to Bastar in 1982 where he worked as National Park Area Committee commander.

He was arrested by the Andhra Pradesh Police at Manguru in 1984 when he came to secure weapons at Hyderabad. After his release in 1990, he organised Rythu Coolie Sangham meetings.

He again went underground and became National Park area sub divisional committee member.

Sarakka alias Kala (24), a native of Medaram village, Karimnagar district joined the Maoist party in 1997 and had been active in Jana Natya Mandali as a member. An orphan, she joined the party to avoid a forced marriage at home by her relatives.

Another Maoist who gave up arms was Dara Saraiah alias Sekhar (30), native of Munipalli village, Hasanparthy Mandal in Warangal district. He is involved in the killing of a teacher Avula Kattaiah in Munipalli village in 2006.

According to the SP, the Warangal district stood in the forefront in extending rehabilitation package to the surrendered cadre of various naxal groups in the State.

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