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'AP cops out to kill top Naxal leader'

By Syed Amin Jafri in Hyderabad
February 03, 2005 21:46 IST
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The Communist Party of India-Maoist on Thursday alleged that the Andhra Pradesh police's special anti-terrorist commandos -- Greyhounds -- have moved into Nallamala forest region in a bid to eliminate Ramakrishna, a top Naxalite leader.

The police, however, maintained there was no such move.

CPI-Maoist emissaries Varavara Rao and G Kalyan Rao told newsmen in Hyderabad that Greyhound commandos have surrounded a hide-out of Ramakrishna on the borders of Prakasam and Mahbubnagar districts.

"Anything can happen. If any harm is done to him, the responsibility will lie solely with the state and the central governments," Varavara Rao said, urging Home Minister K Jana Reddy to withdraw the forces from the area.

Director-General of Police Swaranjit Sen and Prakasam District Superintendent of Police Mahesh Chandra Ladha, however, refuted the reports. "We do not know how these reports spread. They are not true," Ladha said.

Rao said that people present in the area informed him that Greyhounds were converging in the deep forest near Chinna Arutla and they had surrounded the place where Ramakrishna and other Naxalite leaders are reported to be present.

The Maoists called off the peace talks with the state government in January after the police killed several Naxalite cadres in encounters.

Earlier report: Maoists pull out of peace talks

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Syed Amin Jafri in Hyderabad