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One of the most wanted top leaders of the outlawed CPI Maoist Jinugu Narasimha Reddy, alias Jampanna, who had surrendered to the Telangana police along with his wife on Friday, was produced before the media by State Director General of Police M Mahinder Reddy on Monday.
Jampanna, a member of powerful Central Committee of CPI Maoist and his wife approached the police through a ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti leader in Warangal and surrendered before the Mahabubabad District Superintendent N Koti Reddy, the DGP told the media.
57 year old Jampanna said that the reason for his decision to surrender was his ill health. He said he was holed up in Kandhamal in Odisha for many years and was suffering from many ailments.
Involved in many serious criminal offences, Jampanna carried a reward of Rs 20 lakhs and his wife, an M.Sc from Osmania University carried a reward of Rs 5 lakh on her head. “As per the rehabilitation policy of the State Government, the couple will get the reward money and we will help them in rehabilitation”, the DGP said.
Describing his surrender as a big shot in the arm for the security forces, Mahinder Reddy said, “for more than 20 years, this man was responsible for strengthening the Maoist movement in North Telangana districts and adjoining Dandakaranya area. He is very strong, both ideologically and in terms of military strategy.”
While Jampanna joined the Maoist outfit 34 years ago, his wife Hinge Rajita joined in 2003. The two got married three years later.
Jampanna hails from Cherlopalem village in the erstwhile Warangal district. His family owns 11.5 acres of prime wetland in the village. After graduating in 1980 from the Zila Parishad Secondary School at Cherlopalem and taking a one-year break, Jampanna joined the Industrial Training Institute at Mallepally near Hyderabad. He completed the course in 1983 and immediately joined the People’s War Group (PWG) before going underground.
Police said that his health deteriorated in recent years. On December 16, 2014, he was nearly killed in an encounter with the Odisha Special Police in Telan forest near Kalahandi. Since then, he had been cooling his heels in Kandhamal, a well-protected Maoist turf.
Telangana Police dossier, before he became a central committee member, Jampanna was the outfit’s North Telangana special zonal committee secretary. He also briefly headed the Odisha State committee, and was involved in several operations along the Chhattisgarh-Odisha border. In the intervening night of January 14-15, 2005, Jampanna had a narrow escape when an anti-Maoist Greyhounds police team ambushed a Maoists meeting in a reserve forest area on the Warangal-Khammam border near Kamaram village.
Pointing out that there were 135 underground cadre of CPI Maoist from Telangana working for the party across India, the DGP appealed to them to join the mainstream. “They can directly approach the police through their kith and kin, relatives, friends and media to surrender. Upon their surrender, the Government will take all the measures to rehabilitate them”, the DGP added. Jampanna’s surrender was being seen as a big blow to the CPI Maoist at a time when the outlawed organisation was trying to regain a foothold in Telangana for the last three and a half years.
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