WARANGAL: Top Maoist leader Gajarla Ashok, alias Aitu, surrendered before the Warangal police here on Tuesday.

Ashok was a member of the Dandakaranya special zonal committee and south Bastar divisional committee. He went underground 24 years ago and is wanted in several cases in AP and Telangana.

Warangal range deputy inspector-general B Malla Reddy produced Ashok before mediapersons on Tuesday. Malla Reddy said, Ashok, 41, was attracted to the Naxal movement and joined the People’s War Group in 1991. He was 18 when he joined the banned outfit.

Ashok is the brother of Gajarla Saraiah, alias Azad, who died in an alleged encounter with the police. Ashok worked with top Maoist leaders Takkallapally Vasudeva Rao, Polem Sudarshan Reddy alias RK and Jampanna in Warangal and other Naxal zones in undivided AP.

The DIG said Ashok lost the fingers of his right hand in 1996 when a pistol misfired. He was made the division committee member in 2000.

He worked with Sujatakka between 2001 and 2006.Sujatakka is the wife of Mallojula Koteshwar Rao alias Kishanji. Later, he was shifted to south Bastar division committee as its secretary. Ashok played a key role in the recruitment of tribals while working with Janatan Sarkar of south Bastar division committee.

Ashok hailed from Velishala village of Chityala mandal in Warangal district. Ashok’s another brother Ravi, alias Ganesh, alias Uday, is a member of the Andhra-Odisha special zonal committee.

Malla Reddy appealed to Naxals to shun violence and join the mainstream of society. He said the state government would provide financial assistance to the Maoists, who surrender to the police.

Inspired by senior Maoists GVK Prasad alias Usendi, and Kukkala Ravinder, alias Arjun, who had joined the mainstream of society, Ashok too decided to surrender to the police. Ashok was reportedly vexed with the ideology of the Maoist party. However, Ashok said he had surrendered due to health reasons. He expressed his desire to live with his family in his native village.He refused to divulge information on the Maoist recruitment in Telangana.

The DIG said Ashok carries a reward of Rs 20 lakh on his head. The government will give him the money. Warangal rural police superintendent Ambarkishore Jha said Ashok’s family will be rehabilitated immediately.

Brother leads revolutionaries in AP, Odisha

Visakhapatnam: Surrendered Maoist leader of Gadchiroli area in Maharashtra, Gajarla Ashok alias Janardhan alias Aitu, had links with the Andhra Odisha Border (AOB) as his second brother Gajarala Ravi alias Uday is leading the revolutionaries in both the states. Aitu had visited the AOB many times for the meetings and also trained cadres in ambushes and surprise attacks on the security forces. Citing I’ll-health, Ashok surrendered to the Telangana police in Warangal on Tuesday.

Ravi has been involved in the revolutionary movement for more than three decades. He had witnessed the rise and fall of the Naxal movement in North Telangana, which was considered as the first liberated zone in the country. He hails from Warangal district and was shifted from North Telangana Special Zonal Committee (NTSZC) to AOB in the late 1990s following the severe repression by the cops on the People’s War Group, which later turned into CPI Maoists.

Source: TOI-Hyd