Kothagudem: CPI (Maoist) Party Central Committee, Politburo member Akkiraju Haragopal (63) alias Ramakrishna (RK) has died of kidney failure and other health complications, informed the party official spokesperson, Abhay.
In a statement released to the media here on Friday, he said, RK was put on dialysis and while undergoing treatment he died during early hours on Oct 14. His last rites were conducted in the presence of party ranks and rich homage was paid to him.
Ramakrishna’s death was a huge loss to the party, Abhay noted, adding that RK worked tirelessly, unselfishly serving the revolution. His eloquence, ordinary life, love for the people, clarity and vision on the course of the revolution inspired the party, the cadres and the masses.
Abhay asked the Maoist ranks to pledge to draw inspiration from the dedication RK demonstrated in his revolutionary life to complete the democratic revolution in the country.
Giving RK’s life sketch, the Maoist spokesperson said RK, post graduate, worked as a teacher for some time along with his father, attracted to revolutionary politics in 1978 joined People’s War and in 1982 became a full-time activist and served as Guntur district secretary.
In 1992 he was elected as the State Committee member and led the South Telangana movement for four years. He was elected Andhra Pradesh secretary in 2000 and as a Central Committee member at the People’s War 9th Congress in January 2001.
He led the Maoist party delegation in peace talks with AP government in 2004 and put the demands of the people before the government, in the process of the discussions RK spread the party’s political vision to the people of the State and the country.
When the government withdrew from the talks and began attempts to assassinate RK he was transferred to the AOB area and served as AOB secretary until 2014 and in 2018, he was appointed to the Politburo by the Central Committee, Abhay said.
Haragopal was married to his Maoist colleague Sirisha and had a son, Munna (Prudhvi), who followed his father’s footsteps and was killed in the Ramaguda encounter in 2018, he added.