Nambala Keshav Rao

Maoist violence set to revive as Nambala Keshav Rao takes over reins

The leadership of Maoist insurgency has changed and the new leader, Nambala Keshav Rao aka Basavraju, will soon be taking over the reins of the communist group.

With the change in the leadership, the Maoist insurgency may witness a violent comeback as the new leader is a more aggressive and tenacious expert in jungle warfare responsible for all the major attacks on security forces in red zone.

The development was announced by the Central Committee of Communist Party of India (Maoist), a banned organisation responsible for insurgency in the jungles of Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Odisa, Jharkhand, and Bihar.

The press release from the banned organisation read that the top post of General Secretary of Central Committee of CPI-Maoist will be held by Basavraju. Nambala Keshav Rao will replace Ganapathy (aka Mupalla Lakshman Rao) who has been holding the seat for last 25 years. The release also stated that Ganpathy had sought the replacement citing his poor health.

On Saturday (December 1), the Maoists burned down 10 Earth movers, 3 tractors, 2 SUVs and several motorbikes at Halewara village in Etapalli tehsil of Gadchiroli district. This was one of the biggest incident involving Maoists since April when 40 Maoist cadres were killed in encounters in the district. It is suspected that the newly appointed General Secretary Basavraju is behind the attack.

Who is Nambala Keshav Rao aka Basavraju?

63-year-old Nambala Keshav Rao is a native of Andhra Pradesh’s Shrikakullam district. A graduate in engineering from Warangal University, Rao was arrested for the first time during a student’s union struggle in 1980. He has remained elusive since then.

Rao is an expert in jungle warfare. For last three decades, his aggressive approach and ambush plan execution have resulted in major losses. Rao has been a member of the Central Committee for the last 27 years.

Known as a well read man, Nambala Keshav Rao has a huge following among the Maoist cadres.

Till date, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has no record of Nambala Keshav Rao’s recent picture, date of birth or age. The investigation agency has declared a bounty of Rs 1.50 crores for any information regarding the leader.

Rao is also a suspect behind the murder of Telugu Desam Party MLA K Sarveswara Rao and former MLA Sivari Soma in September 2018. Both the leaders were gunned down in Dumbriguda mandal of Araku valley in Andhra Pradesh’s Visakhapatnam district.

With Keshav Rao at the front, more attacks and ambushes are expected in the coming days as a complete change are expected to happen in the modus operandi and ground operating procedures of the Maoists.



News credit : Indiatoday

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