Maoist leader Ganti Prasadam produced in AP Court

Last Updated: Friday, March 18, 2011 - 00:51

Hyderabad: Maoist leader Ganti Prasadam and
three others were on Thursday produced in a court at Ongole town in
Andhra Pradesh`s Prakasam district in connection with the
alleged attempt on life of then Superintendent of
Police, Mahesh Chandra Laddha, police said.

Prasadam along with Nagireddy Pandurang alias Sagar, who
are presently under judicial custody at the Ongole Prison,
were produced before the court of First Additional District
Sessions Judge in Ongole, police said.

Revolutionary writers Varavara Rao and Kalyan Rao who are
presently out on bail in the case also appeared, they said.

The court then adjourned the matter to March 24 for
examination of witnesses including Laddha, who is presently
posted in the NIA here, a police officer said over phone,
adding all the accused are facing charges of hatching
conspiracy to kill the then Prakasam SP through a blast.

Three persons were killed in the landmine attack that was
targeted at Laddha near a temple in Ongole in 2005, he said.

Prasadam, known to be a top Maoist intellectual from
Andhra Pradesh, was brought yesterday from Koraput district of
Orissa on a PT warrant issued by Ongole court. His release
from Orissa jail was one of the conditions set by Naxals for
the safe return of abducted Malkangiri district Collector R V
Krishna and junior engineer Pabitra Majhi last month.

Meanwhile, speaking to reporters Varavara Rao and Kalyan
Rao accused the Orissa government of delaying the process of
fulfilling the 14 demands of Maoists, which it had agreed for
the safe return of Krishna and Majhi.

"As part of demands, five Naxal leaders should be
released immediately and 600 tribals who are languishing in
different jails of Orissa should also be freed," they said.


First Published: Friday, March 18, 2011 - 00:51
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