Among other things, he was involved in Balimela attacks and 19 exchanges of fire, says DGP
The member of the Andhra-Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee (AOBSZC) of the banned Maoist outfit, Muttannagari Jalandhar Reddy alias Krishna alias Maranna, surrendered in front of the Director General of the Police (DGP) D. Gautam Sawang on Tuesday.
“Jalandhar Reddy was involved in six ambushes, including the Balimela attack, 19 exchanges of fire (EoF) and seven murders. He had played a key role in the kidnapping of former malkangiri collector Vineel Krishna. He had a reward of £ 20 on his head, ”the DGP said when it produced Jalandhar Reddy for the media at the AP Police Headquarters in Mangalagiri.
Jalandhar Reddy, a native of the village of Bhoompalli in the Siddipet district of Telangana, was a member of the Radical Students Union (RSU). He joined the People’s War Group (PWG) in 2000. He was a member of the Giraipalli Dalam in the Medak district. He later worked in the South Telangana Special Guerrilla Squad in the Nallamala Forest and on the Andhra Area military platoon.
In September 2002, Jalandhar Reddy was promoted to a member of the Area Committee and transferred to the Special Zones Committee for the Andhra-Odisha Border.
Jalandhar Reddy was active in various cadres in the departmental committees Malkangiri-Koraput-Visakha Border (MKVB). In November 2006 he was appointed a department committee member of the AOBSZC.
The wanted Maoist also worked as secretary of the protection command of the member of the Central Committee, Akkiraju Haragopal alias RK, from 2013 to 2016. Since January 2019, Jalandhar Reddy has been the secretary of the MKVB before he was promoted to the special zone committee member of the AOBSZC, the DGP said. “The Naxalite leader was involved in six ambushes, including the Balimela attack that killed 38 greyhounds workers in the Andhra-Odisha Border (AOB) region in 2008.
Jalandhar Rerddy, who had completed his intermediate training, was one of those who broke into the Koraput district armory in 2004, attacked the Yerragondapalem police station in April 2001, as well as the Srisailam police stations, Sunnipenta police stations in the Kurnool district and many other crimes in the AOB region, the said DGP.
“Disillusioned with the ideology”
“With disillusionment with Maoist ideology and the lack of public support, Jalandhar Reddy decided to join the mainstream,” the DGP said.
Additional Director General of the Police (ADGP Law and Order) Ravi Shankar Ayyanar, SIB General Inspector Chap. Srikanth, SIB SP Attada Babujee and Visakhapatnam Rural Superintendent of Police B. Krishna Rao were present on the occasion.