Top Maoist leader Sudhakar surrenders

Sudhakar, who carried a reward Rs 25 lakhs was one of the Maoist Central Committee Members since 2013.

By Author  |  Published: 12th Feb 2019  12:12 amUpdated: 12th Feb 2019  12:18 am
File photo of Sudhakar

Hyderabad: Top CPI (Maoist) leader B Sudhakar, hailing from Nirmal in Adilabad district, along with his wife Madhavi surrendered before the Telangana police on Monday. The move is expected to affect the movement in Bihar and Jharkhand as he was the Eastern Regional Bureau member. He was known for his capabilities in taking up military operations.

The 50-year-old Sudhakar, who is a CPI (Maoist) Central Committee (CC) member, was in charge of the Bihar-Jharkhand special area committee. He was also ‘guru’ to key Maoist leader Takalapalli Vasudeva Rao alias Ashana who trained Maoists cadres in military intelligence and action team missions such as the assassination of legislators and senior police officials.

Sudhakar was carrying a reward of Rs 25 lakh on him. His wife Madhavi, who is also a top Maoist leader and member of Bihar and Jharkhand, was carrying a reward of Rs10 lakh on her. There was confusion whether Sudhakar and Madhavi surrendered before the Jharkhand or Telangana police.

Later in the evening, police sources confirmed that Sudhakar surrendered before the Telangana police. However, senior police officials were tight-lipped over the surrender of Sudhakar, who is known by several aliases, including Satwaji, Oggu Buriyari, Sharad and Kiran. He belongs to Sarangapur village of Nirmal Town in Adilabad district.

Sources said Sudhakar could have surrendered before the police only after getting disenchanted with the Maoist movement. Extortions coupled with the domination of caste in the party could have forced him to take the decision, they said. He was one of the Maoist CC members since 2014 and played a crucial role in Maoist activities in Bihar and Jharkhand.

According to sources, Sudhakar used to move around with over 50 armed squad members as he was a CC member. They said Sudhakar worked in forest areas in Jharkhand and used to control over half a dozen districts that have a strong Maoist base in the State.

Sources said Sudhakar joined the guerrilla group between 1982 and 1983. After taking part in the activities for a few months, he came out of the party and rejoined later along with his wife. Nirmal police said no cases were booked against him in the district.

Sudhakar invested money in real estate

The arrest of Sudhakar’s brother B Narayana along with another person near a railway station by Ranchi police in 2017 revealed that he had invested money in real estate.

This was confessed by Narayana before the Ranchi police who seized cash and gold biscuits from him. A police team from Ranchi had later visited Telangana to probe into the properties allegedly amassed by Sudhakar, confirmed a senior police from Ranchi Rural.