Andhra’s top Maoist leader killed in police encounter

May 24th, 2009 - 4:24 pm ICT by ANI  

Warangal (Andhra Pradesh), May 24 (ANI): One of Andhra Pradesh’s top Maoist leaders Patel Sudhakar Reddy was killed along with a colleague in an encounter with police here on Sunday.

The encounter took place in the Lavella forest area in Warangal district at 6 a.m. this morning, District Superintendent of Police V C Sajjanar said.

The second Maoist killed was identified as Venkataiah, a member of Maoist district committee.

Reddy, a native of Kurthirao Cheruvu in Mahabubnagar district, was allegedly involved in the bid on life of former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu at Tirupati in 2003 and the assassination of former state Home Minister A Madhava Reddy in 2000.

He was also allegedly involved in an attack on the elite Greyhounds policemen in Balimela reservoir in Andhra- Orissa border last year and also the killing of senior IPS Officer K S Vyas in the 1990s.

Reddy carried a reward of Rs.12 lakhs on his head. He was currently in-charge of Maoists activities in Karnataka, police said. (ANI)

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