Maoist ranks are a ‘family’ of unequals

While lower-rung cadre are forced to go for planning, seniors marry and have children too.

Surrendered Maoists going for reverse vasectomy and becoming parents is known, but not many know their leaders from Andhra Pradesh (AP), who force tribal cadre to undergo family planning surgeries, have failed to resist the temptation of raising families.

"While the lower rung is made to undergo vasectomy, senior AP leaders become parents. They are allowed to do so despite many seniors running away with party fund," said a surrendered Maoist.

He said, "Ravi, a local guerrilla squad commander in Khobramendha, north Gadchiroli, decamped with wife Navina and Rs 35-40 lakh collected from road contractors in 2001. The native of Chennur, Adilabad, had a daughter when in party. Navina was sent to a relative's before the couple seized an opportunity to run away. They are now leading a normal life in AP."

Another case is of Lachchanna, a high-ranking leader who was a member of central committee of CPI (Maoist).

"He too fled to Karimnagar from Haryana with Rs 20-25 lakh. His wife Saroja, who was in an AP jail till 2009, has joined him. The two had a daughter while in party and she was raised for a while by Lachchanna's brother," the surrendered Maoist said.

Special zonal committee (SZC) member Ramanna and wife Rambai have a son, while another SZC member Dasru and wife Juri have a daughter.

Aheri Dalam commander Sinu too has a daughter from wife Godavari, who left party 5-6 months after delivery in 2009. The latest ones to surrender, divisional committee member Shekhar and wife Vijaya, have a son born when in party.

CC member Sayanna had a daughter from wife Nirmala when in party. Nirmala died in an encounter in Chhattisgarh about seven years ago.

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