Top Maoist surrendered to live normal life with family

February 16th, 2009 - 9:33 pm ICT by IANS  

Hyderabad, Feb 16 (IANS) A top Maoist leader in Andhra Pradesh Monday said he surrendered to the police due to failing health and a desire to live a normal life with his family.

Communist Party of India-Maoist state secretary Sambasivudu, who surrendered to the police here Sunday night, spoke to journalists in the presence of Home Minister K. Jana Reddy.

Sambasivudu said that he decided to quit the party because of ill health, his disillusionment with the armed struggle and his desire to settle down with the family.

Sambasivudu, who carried a reward of Rs.1 million, surrendered to Deputy Inspector General (DIG), Special Investigation Bureau, Shivdhar Reddy.

The Maoist leader, who is involved in several cases including a failed assasination attempt on then chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu in 2003, declined to speak anything about the party or his reported differences with the leadership.

“I developed acute joint pains. I was not in position to fulfill my responsibilities. Moreover, after spending 16 years in the movement, I wanted to lead a normal life. I want to go back to my parents,” he said.

Sambasivudu said he has no repentence for indulging in violence in the past.

“As long as I was there in the organisation, I felt there was a need for a change in the society. Accordingly I took the action. Now the organisation is doing the same thing.”

He clarified that he was the Maoist state secretary till the end of 2007 when the state committee was dissolved.

He evaded the question about his involvement in the attack on Naidu and and killing of 10 people including Congress legislator C. Narsi Reddy.

The home minister said that 100 cases pending against Sambasivudu will be reviewed on humanitarian grounds.

He said the rehabilitation policy announced by the government in the past for all those giving up violence and joining the mainstream would also apply to Sambasivudu.

Sambasivudu, whose real name is Konakuri Ailaiah, hails from Nalgonda district in Telangana region. He became the top most leader of the Maoist group in 2006 following the killing of Madhav by police.

Madhav and seven other Maoists were killed in an alleged gun battle in the Nallamalla forests in Prakasm district July 23, 2006.

Sambasivudu’s surrender is a major blow to Maoist movement already considerably weakened in the state due to police operations during the last three years.

The Maoist violence in the state has claimed over 6,000 lives in the last four decades.

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