Bastar District, August 18, 2023: CPI (Maoist) Central Committee member Malla Raji Reddy, (alias Sangram), has reportedly died of ill-health in Chhattisgarh’s Dandakaranya forest region. He was 71.
A video released by the Maoist party showing some grief-stricken cadres viewing the body of Raji Reddy somewhere in the dense jungles surfaced on social media on Friday.
Raji Reddy hailed from Shastrulapally village in Telangana’s Peddapalli district and was one of the first-generation Naxalites from the erstwhile composite Karimnagar district. He got involved in the activities of the Radical Student Union (RSU) after completing Intermediate in the late 1970s and subsequently went underground as a dalam member of the then CPI (ML) People’s War Group (PWG).
He actively spearheaded the Naxal activities in the forest areas of Maharashtra and Bastar Forest region of the erstwhile Madhya Pradesh, now in Chhattisgarh, during the 1980-90s.
During this period, Reddy allegedly masterminded attacks on Sirpur police station in the then old undivided Adilabad district and on Karakagudem police station in the erstwhile composite Khammam district, inflicting heavy casualties on police, sources said.
He held some of the key posts, including in-charge of revolutionary movement in the Maoist party’s South West Regional Bureau (SWRB) comprising Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, and Gujarat.
In 2007, Raji Reddy was arrested by the Andhra Pradesh police from Angamali in Kerala state. He was lodged in the district jail in Karimnagar for more than two years in connection with several cases pending against him. He subsequently went underground after being released on bail.
Reddy was considered in Maoist circles as an expert in guerrilla warfare tactics and a key leader in furthering the movement in the Dandakaranya forest belt and beyond.
Source : https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/cpi-maoist-central-committee-member-malla-raji-reddy-dies-of-illness-in-dandakaranya-forest-region/article67210151.ece