(This was originally posted in Times Of India by Siva G)
Top CPI (Maoist) central committee leader Akkiraju Haragopal alias Ramakrishna is believed to have died in the forests of Chhattisgarh’s, according to sources. He carried a combined reward of Rs 1 crore on his head. According to reports reaching here, Ramakrishna, also known as RK and Saketh, had been unwell for some time. It is not clear when the top Maoist, who participated in peace talks with the undivided AP government in 2004, passed away.
The Maoists have, however, not confirmed the death so far.RK led the Naxal team from the Nallamala forest for peace talks with the AP government in September 2004. The 66-year-old hailed from Tumrupeta in Guntur district and became a target for security forces in AP and Odisha as he was the main guiding force of the red rebels in the Andhra-Odisha border (AOB) areas.He was the mastermind behind many ambushes and raids carried out by the banned outfit in both states. He was the chief of the strategic area of Maoists’ base in the triangular border regions of Andhra, Odisha, and Chhattisgarh. He played a vital role in the merger of PWG and MCCI and in expanding its base to other regions.
He was one of the accused in the attack on former chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu at Alipiri in 2003, Balimela ambush in 2008 in which 37 Greyhound special forces personnel were killed, the murder of Daggubati Chenchu Ramaiah, father-in-law of former central minister D Purandeswari; and Malkangiri collector’s kidnap, besides many actions. He was listed in many cases by the NIA as well. He was injured in the Ramaguda encounter on October 24, 2016 in which 31 Maoists and their sympathizers were killed. He had been suffering from health issues and his moment was confined to a particular pocket in Malkangiri district. His wife Kandula Nirmala was arrested in 2010 in Dudari forest along with six others when she attempted to meet him.