K M Dayashankar
JAGTIAL: The Jagtial district police have foiled the Janashakthi naxalites bid to revive the party activities and resort to extortion with the arrest of three former naxalites and seizure of two pistols, two revolvers, three 12 bore tapanchas and 299 live rounds of different calibre weapons.
Disclosing this to newsmen at Korutla police station on Friday, Superintendent of Police Ch Sindhu Sharma said that Pohunuka Surender alias Vanjara Surender alias Suresh alias Vishwanath (55) former Janashakthi central committee member, Chetti Rajeshwar (60) courier of Janashakthi state leader Kura Rajanna and Nagunoori Ravinder (35) Janashakti sympathiser arrested in Konaraopeta crossroads in Jagtial district.
Surender, who joined the extremist group in 1997, went underground as per the directions of Rajanna in 2011. He was the prime accused in the murder of Prabhakar Rao, who was shot dead in between Vemulawada and Sudhala in 2013. Later, he escaped to Mumbai. After spending some time there, he returned back to Hyderabad in 2013 and is staying at Sandhyanagar of Bandlaguda by changing his name. He also obtained a fake ID card in the name of PSP Reddy.
Five months ago, Surender gave a country-made pistol along with two magazines and 17 live rounds to Nagunuri Ravinder. He also gave a 12 bore single barrel gun and ammunition to Gunnala Laxman. Surender, two months ago, met Kura Rajanna through Chetti Rajeshwar. Rajanna gave him six short weapons and a huge quantity of ammunition pertaining to various weapons. Rajanna directed him to proceed to the erstwhile Nizamabad and Karimnagar areas and motivate local youth to join Janashakthi Group’s armed squads besides waging war against the state. He was also directed to commit heinous offers like murder, kidnaps and extorting money.
To create confusion among the public, in March this year, Surender along with Gunna Laxman spread a rumour in Sircilla and its surrounding areas stating that the Janashakthi Group had organized its plenary in a big way in Akkapally-Darmaram-Pothireddypalli forest area of Rajanna-Sircilla district.
On March 23, he along with Laxman, Nakka Vijay, Darshanala Kishan and Bainala Ravi resolved to kill one Vangala Rajamallaiah of Ayyoripalli of Vemulawada town. However, they failed to do it as police rushed to the staid place and apprehended Gunnala Laxman. Surender escaped from the spot. The SP warned to take serious action if any surrendered or former Naxalites of the Janashakthi group were involved in any kind of unlawful activities.