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NewsGram Staff Writer

Hyderabad:  Hyderabad police rejected the application by Telangana Democratic Front (TDF) to organize a rally “chalo assembly” on Wednesday on grounds that the Maoists may participate and indulge in violence. Police further said, TDP, an umbrella of several mass organisations, was formed and the call for the march was given at the instance of banned Communist Party of India-Maoist. TDF is protesting the killings of two Maoists Shruthi and Vidyasagar who were killed near Medaram of Warangal district on September 16.

The march was slated to kick off from Sundaraiah Park to the assembly building to condemn the killings of two Maoists by the police in “staged-managed” gunfight.

It was the first case after the formation of separate Telangana state last year.

A total of 370 organisations including 10 left parties and the groups which fought for separate Telangana state, have accumulated banner of TDF to denounce the killings. The group which also include revolutionary writer Varavara

Rao and intellectuals like Haragopal, Chuka Ramaiah and Kodandaram alleged that Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government has deviated from its pledge that no staged killings will take place in the state.

The TDF headed by Chada Venkat Reddy, state secretary of Communist Party of India (CPI), is demanding probe by a sitting judge into the killings.

Alleging that the woman Maoist was raped before being shot dead, it demanded that cases be filed under Nirbhaya Act on the perpetrators.

While denying permission for ‘chalo assembly’, Deputy Commissioner of Police VB Kamalasan Reddy said in his orders that it is reliably learnt that TDF was formed at the instance of CPI-Maoist and this program is being organised in support of the furtherance of its cause and ideology.

Mentioning  that CPI-Maoist and all its formations and front organizations were banned and declared as terrorist organisations by the Indian government, Reddy expressed the apprehension that open cadres, supporters, sympathisers and activists of all mass organisations of CPI-Maoist from Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Andhra-Orissa border will infiltrate into Hyderabad in large numbers and indulge in subversive activities.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Maoist Commander says Rs 5 cr was given to kill Jharkhand ex-Minister

Kundan Pahan
Maoist Commander Kundan Pahan with Police ADG and other officials in Ranchi. ians

Ranchi, October 13: Jailed Maoist commander Kundan Pahan in his interrogation by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has revealed that he was given Rs 5 crore to kill former Jharkhand Minister Ramesh Singh Munda in 2008.

According to sources in the police, Pahan admitted to taking a contract of Rs 5 crore to kill the then Janata Dal-United (JD-U) legislator Munda. The contract was given by another former Minister Gopal Krishna Patar alias Raja Peter.

Raja Peter was arrested on Monday by the NIA in connection with the murder of Munda.

Munda was gunned by Maoist guerrillas in a public meeting on the outskirts of Ranchi in July 2008.

Sources in the police said the deal was struck between the politburo of the banned Maoist organization, Communist Party of India-Maoist, and Raja Peter.

Initially, Rs 3 crore was paid in advance and Rs 2 crore was paid after Munda was killed. The remaining Rs 2 crore could not reach the politburo of the CPI-Maoist as Maoist commander Balram Sahu escaped with the money. Balram was later arrested by police.

NIA is investigating how such a huge amount came to Raja Peter and who were the sponsors. Raja Peter is at present on NIA remand.

The sources revealed that the NIA is investigating the murder of Munda from many angles. The NIA is likely to interrogate more jailed Maoists to unveil the murder mystery.

Raja Peter had created history by defeating then Jharkhand Chief Minister and JMM chief Shibu Soren in the January 2009 by-election to the Tamar seat, which fell vacant after the murder of Ramesh Singh Munda. After Shibu Soren lost the poll, President’s Rule was imposed in Jharkhand. Raja Peter was again elected from the seat in the November 2009 Assembly poll and later became Minister.

Along with Raja Peter, NIA arrested Assistant Sub Inspector Sheshnath Singh in the Munda murder. Singh was the bodyguard of Munda and he allegedly passed on information about the movement of Munda to Maoists.(IANS)