Latehar storm after Maoist lull


Gundeti Sankar alias Seshanna, 47: Died of snakebite on March 18. The North Telangana special zonal committee member was working to revive the North Telangana movement. In a 30-year career, he rose from a squad member to a state-level leader. He wrote literary pieces, worked in political and military wings, and engaged in propaganda work.

Mangu Paddam alias Sukku: Killed in an encounter in Raigarh on January 27. A divisional committee member working for expansion of the movement in central India as part of Chhattisgarh-Orissa border state area group. Worked in north Bastar and PLGA for a long time.

Vijay Madkam, 45: Died in a tractor accident on July 15. A member of the south regional committee and secretary of South Bastar division of Dandankaranya. Born in Sukma, he joined the movement in 1988 and played a crucial role in developing Janatana Sarkars to counter Salwa Judum forces. In divisional committee from 2000, in regional committee since 2009.

Siddharth Buragohain: Killed in a May encounter in Assam along with three other Maoists. Was a member of the Asom leading committee. "These losses are severe for us due to the strategic significance of the revolutionary movement of the Northeast...," said a Maoist release.

Ajay Ganju: Killed in Kunda forests of Chhatra, Jharkhand. Was a Bihar-Jharkhand-North Chhattisgarh special area leader, involved in over 50 attacks on security forces.

Swaroopa alias Sunita: Died of breast cancer in March 2012. She served in the technical field under the AP state committee and the central committee for nearly three decades years and also as a tailor in Dandankaranya in her last years.

Sameera: Killed in police encounter in Mainpur division on May 31. Worked in Chhattisgarh-Orissa border area. Born in Andhra Pradesh, she worked in the protection platoon of the state committee. Became part of the Dandankaranya movement in 2009 and worked among women in East Bastar, later worked in Gobra in Mainpur and became an area committee secretary.

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