CRPF, NIA, Odisha Police want Usendi custody

The custody of Maoist leader Venkatakrishna Prasad alias Usendi has become a hot issue in the police and other security circles since his surrender to Andhra Pradesh police last week.

The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), National Investigation Agency (NIA) and Chhattisgarh and Odisha police have all landed here with requests for handing over of the noted Maoist leader. “We want Usendi to give information on top guns Ganapathi and Ramakrishna,” said a senior official of NIA.

But Prasad alias Usendi has pleaded with the AP special police to not hand him over to either NIA or CRPF intelligence.

“I have already told the AP special intelligence bureau whatever they wanted. I don't want to go away from Hyderabad to either of those places, my life will be in danger there,” a police source quotes Usendi. 

Meanwhile, Maoists allege that Gudsa Usendi is kicking up a drama for sake of the award money.  “Venkatkrishna Prasad has brought shame to the title of Gudsa Usendi. He is not phantom of Dantewada but is best suited to be titled as casanova of Dandakaranya,” said a document released in Hyderabad on the eve of Sankranti festival, said.

Dandakaranya special zone committee secretary Ramanna said in a statement that Usendi has done treason with the Maoist movement. 

“During his 30 years career in Maoist movement, Prasad had gone away twice and had been taken back just for his communication skills and his high connections in the top rung,” says the statement. 

Pointing out that G Venkatakrishna Prasad had joined the movement in the 1980s, left in the early 1990s and later re-joined the movement after apologising for it; Rammanna said, “The party had warned and even punished him for his immoral behaviour with the women cadres.”

Usendi was also allegedly involved in the killing of 29 policemen, including SP Vinod Kumar Choubey, in an ambush at Rajnandgaon in 2009.

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