2009 - On Patel Sudhakar Reddy & Venkataiah

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Press Release

May 24, 2009 Published in all leading newspapers

Comrade Patel Sudhakar Reddy alias Suryam alias Vikas, member of the central committee of CPI (Maoist), was arrested on May 22 from Nashik city in Maharashtra by the APSIB, was brutally tortured and murdered on 23rd night. As usual, the AP police, under the direction of fascist YSR government, floated the story of an encounter having taken place in Tadwai forest in Warangal district in which comrade Suryam and district committee member comrade Venkatayya were said to have been killed. The police claimed that one AK-47 rifle and a 9mm pistol were recovered from the state along with three kit bags. Comrade Sudhakar Reddy was being followed by APSIB since at least a week prior to his arrest. He was kept under watch when he went to the shelter maintained by comrade Venkatayya in Nashik. The police waited with the hope of abducting some more top leaders of the Party but when they realized that Suryam became suspicious of being followed, he was promptly abducted along with comrade Venkatayya and both were shot dead after severe torture. These murders are yet another instance of the so-called rule of law preached by YS Reddy, Manmohan Singh, Chidambaram and the top police brass.

Comrade Suryam, hailing from Mahbbobnagar district in south Telengana, is a senior leader of the CPI (Maoist) who began his revolutionary life as a student leader of Radical Students Union in early ‘80s. Responding to the call of the Party to build a zone of armed agrarian revolutionary struggle in North Telangana and Dandakaranya with the goal of transforming them into base areas, he went to Eturnagaram-Mahadevpur forest in North Telengana in 1983 and worked as a commander of the guerrilla squad. Later he was transferred to Gadchiroli district where he worked until 1988. He was shifted to the work of purchasing arms for equipping the speedily growing armed guerrilla squads. He played a crucial role in supplying arms to the Party but was arrested in 1992 in Bangalore based on a tip-off from an arrested person. He remained an exemplary communist leader in jail where he spent almost seven years. He was released in 1998 and was taken into the AP state committee in the state Plenum held in 1999. He served as its secretariat member from 2001 to mid-2003 when he was transferred to other work allotted by the CC. He played a prominent role in building the movement in Dandakaranya in its initial years and later in the state of Andhra Pradesh. He was taken into the CC in 2005 and as a member of the CC he made significant contribution in formulating the central policies and plans.

Comrade Venakatayya hails from Cheryala mandal in Warangal district and was actively involved in the student movement in AP for almost a decade and served as a leader of the All India Revolutionary Student Federation in AP. He was shifted to technical work in 2004 and has been working in the technical field since then.

The martyrdom of these comrades is a great loss to the Indian revolution. The CC, CPI (Maoist), pays its red revolutionary homage to comrade Sudhakar Reddy and Venkatayya and vows to fulfill their revolutionary dreams of a classless society. The people of India, particularly the people of AP, will never forget the great service these comrades had rendered to the Indian revolution. The Party will certainly avenge the martyrdom of these comrades by intensifying and expanding the ongoing people’s war, establish base areas in the vast countryside of the country, transform the PLGA into PLA and advance the Indian revolution to its final victory.