Woman Maoist led attack on Andhra legislator
Sarveswara Rao, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MLA from Araku (Reserved-Scheduled Tribe), and his party colleague and former MLA Siveri Soma were gunned down when they were visiting a village to attend a party programme.
Based on the information gathered from witnesses, the police identified three guerrillas who took part in the attack. They include Aruna alias Venkata Ravi Chaitanya, a Special Zonal Committee Member (SZCM) of the Communist Party of India-Maoist.
Aruna, who heads Nandapur Area Committee on Andhra-Odisha Border (AOB), is suspected to have led a group of 50-60 Maoists who allegedly crossed over to Andhra Pradesh from Odisha.
Aruna, a native of Visakhapatnam district, his wife of Pratapreddy Ramachandra Reddy alias Chalapati, who heads AOB Special Zonal Committee Military Commission.
Police said they were trying to identify the other Maoists involved. Special police teams have launched a hunt for the guerrillas involved in the attack.
Meanwhile, the slain TDP leaders were cremated on Monday with state honors.