New Delhi: Is the number 3 rank in the
CPI(Maoist) hierarchy jinxed?
Two top Naxal leaders -- Kishenji and Azad -- have been
killed by the security forces while holding the same position.
Kishenji, whose real name Molajula Koteswar Rao whose
mother tongue is Telugu, the dreaded Maoist commander carrying
Rs 19 lakh reward on his head, was the third-in-command in the
Naxal top body -- Politburo.
Azad, whose real name is Cherukuri Rajkumar, was killed
in a controversial encounter by Andhra Pradesh Police last
year and had been officiating in the same position, number 3,
when he was killed.
According to a dossier prepared by the Home Ministry,
the top most leader of CPI (Maoists) politburo is general
secretary Ganapati who carries a reawrd of Rs 24 lakh and is
still on the run while the second-in-command N Keshav Rao with
Rs 19 lakh on his head is still at large.
The other politburo members in the order of hierarchy
include Kattam Sudarshan (reward Rs 19 lakh), Mallojula
Venugopal (reward Rs 19 lakh), Prashant Bose alias Kishan da
(reward Rs 7 lakh), Mallarajji Reddy (reward Rs 7 lakh).
There are eight politburo members who are in different
jails following their arrest by security forces. They are:
Kobad Gandhi, Narayan Sanyal, Sushil Roy, Mishir Besra, Pramod
Mishra, Akhilesh Yadav, Amitabh Bagchi and Baccha Prasad