Maoist couple surrenders in Telangana

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Warangal: A Maoist couple, allegedly involved in a number of cases including attacks on police personnel in Telangana and Chhattisgarh and carrying hefty reward on their heads, surrendered in Jayashankar Bhupalpally district today.

K Ganapathi (40), a divisional committee member of Maoists’ Challa Venkatapoor division, and his Wife Swaroopa (33), a committee member active in Venkatapoor area in state, surrendered at Bhupalpally citing their “disillusionment” with naxal policies, a police officer said.

While Ganapathi and Swaroopa were carrying a reward of Rs 5 lakh, Rs 4 lakh on their heads respectively, said district Superintendent of police Bhaskaran.

“Ganapathi, a native of Shappalli village, has been active since 1999. He was involved in seven cases, including a bomb blast that killed 11 people travelling in a bus at Chinthapalli village in 2001,” the police officer said.

He said Ganpathi was also involved in attacks on Eturunagaram and Mahadevpoor Police Stations and for triggering a blast targeting a police van in Chhattisgarh.

“Swaroopa married Ganapathi in 2004. She has been involved in at least five cases, including bomb blast targeting a police van in Chhattisgarh,” Bhaskaran said, adding the couple claimed they got disillusioned due to “anti-people” policies of Maoists.

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