Most Wanted Maoist Jampanna, Wife Surrender Before Police

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Hyderabad: Jinugu Narasimha Reddy alias Jampanna, one of the most-wanted central committee members of an outlawed Maoist outfit, surrendered before the Telangana police late on Friday along with his wife and another senior extremist leader.

Sources said Jampanna (57), who carried a reward of Rs 24 lakh on his head, and wife Rajitha (37), with Rs 20 lakh reward on her, approached the police through a top Telangana Rashtra Samithi leader in Warangal (rural) district. The TRS leader had arranged the surrender after getting the approval from chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.

The Maoist couple reportedly decided to walk out of the jungles on health grounds but the police believe Jampanna had ideological differences with other top leaders. Jampanna, who hails from remote Cherlapalem village in Thorrur block of Telangana’s Mahbubabad district, joined the erstwhile People’s War Group (PWG) more than three and a half decades ago.
A polytechnic student, he worked in different capacities, including as a secretary of the North Telangana Special Zonal Committee of the outfit, before being elevated to Central Committee. He is known as an expert in military operations in the party.

Jampanna married Rajitha, who hails from Damara block in Warangal district, who also grew from the lowest position to the top. A post-graduate in Mathematics from Osmania University, Rajitha joined the Maoist party in 2003.

Jampanna is said to have worked on the Chhattisgarh-Odisha border for a long time, and headed the Odisha State Committee’s military commission and led the KKBN (Kalahandi-Kandhamal-Boudh-Nayagarh) division of the Maoists.