Top Maoist leader Malla Raji Reddy alias Sathenna succumbs to illness in Dandakaranya forests

KARIMNAGAR, AUGUST 18, 2023:  Maoists Naxalites Top leader and Central Committee member Malla Raji Reddy alias Sathenna (70) has reportedly died of an illness in the forests of Dandakaranya region in Chatisgarh state, according to the videos released by the suspected Maoists naxalites on the social media on Friday. However, the official confirmation was pending from both the Maoists and family sources.

Malla Raji Reddy, a native of Shashtrulapalli village of Manthani mandal in Peddapalli district studied up to Intermediate and was attracted to the People’s War Group and joined the Radical Students Union (RSU) in 1975. He participated in the military camp in the forest area of Tadicherla prior to December 1999 where another senior leader Nalla Adi Reddy alias Shyam, Erram Reddy, Santhosh Reddy, Sheelam Naresh and PWG member Singam Lachi Rajam were killed in an encounter in Koyyur on December 2, 1999.

He was arrested by the Dharmapuri police in 1977 and went underground after release. He worked as dalam member and leader in Mathani, Mahadevpur areas between 1977 and 1981. He also worked in Maharashtra forest division and Bastar area in Madhya Pradesh (now Chhattisgarh) till 1996 and was elevated as Central Organising committee of PWG in 1997. He was involved in unearthing of a huge cache of weapons and cash at Bangalore in 1992, attack on Sirpur police station in Adilabad killing a Sub-Inspector and 12 constables in 1986.

He attacked Karakagudem police station in Khammam district killing 16 police personnel and took away 32 weapons with 1,624 rounds of ammunition, blasted six landmines and an equal number of claymore mines at Kusansur in Gadchiroli district killing six policemen in 1998 and snatched Rs 4.4 lakh from the RPF Jawans in Mudkhed-Hyderabad train. The top Maoist leader, involved in 21 cases was not allowed to talk to media when he was arrested by Karimnagar police in Kerala state in 2007 and bought to the Karimnagar court over a case of involvement in former Assembly Speaker D Sripada Rao in April 1998.


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