Brother, cops confirm dead Maoist's identity

Yellappa alias Dinakar last visited his family 10 years ago, claims his brother

The identity of the Maoist who was killed by the Anti Naxal Force in an encounter in Subramanya forest, has been ascertained as Yellappa alias Dinakar

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Thayappa, the elder brother of Yellappa who arrived from Raichur to Mangalore on Sunday, identified the dead body at Wenlock Hospital mortuary. The police handed over the body to the relatives of the dead who buried it in Nandigudda burrial ground on Sunday evening.

Speaking to media persons, Thayappa said that Yellappa had abandoned the family in 2002 and he had no contacts with family members during last 10 years.

“Yellappa was studying in I PUC at Tagore College in Raichur. He used to stay in a hostel and pursue his education. But all of a sudden he stopped visiting home and we lost his contact. However, we later heard that he was booked in a case. We never came in his contact thereafter and we had lost hope that we would ever be able to meet him,” he explained.

Yellappa hails from a poor family of small time agriculturists and daily wage labourers. His father is Gaddappa from Mandlagiri village in Raichur taluk who owns an acre land.
IGP (Western Range) Pratap Reddy said Yellappa was arrested in a murder case in 2003 and was acquitted in 2005. The murder case was booked against him in Sadar Bazar police station in Raichur. He never returned to his village after his acquittal.

“We are yet to ascertain how Yellappa came into contact with Maoists. The police guessed the dead naxal as Dinakar based on the clue given by AP police and a list of naxals prepared by Shimoga police. It was then that we concluded that Dinakar was Yellappa. Yellappa’s fingerprint available in Raichur police station matches with the fingerprint of the dead Maoist and his family members too have confirmed the same,” he said.

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