Top Maoist leader Azad surrenders
Dunna Kesava Rao alias Azad, working in Orissa State Organising Committee (ORSOC) and Andhra-Orissa Border Special Zonal Committee (AOBSZC), the Maoist outfits, surrendered before Andhra Pradesh Director General of Police K Aravinda Rao.
The surrender of Kesava Rao is a big blow to AOBSZC and ORSOC of CPI (Maoist), police said.
Kesava Rao, a native of Mandasa mandal of Srikakulam district in Andhra Pradesh, who was involved in Maoist activities since 1990 and involved in several cases in Orissa and Andhra Pradesh including attacks on police stations, killing policemen among other crimes was carrying a reward of Rs 10 lakh, they said.
Kesava Rao joined CPI (ML) People`s War in 1990, worked in Uddanam area of Srikakulam district in different capacities till 1997. Then he worked as Deputy Commander of Yellavaram Dalam of CPI (ML) PW and later as Deputy Commander of Basadhara Divisional Committee of AOBSZC.
When asked about any specific reason for the surrender of Kesava Rao, a police official said "Kesava Rao surrendered to join the main stream of society."