Raipur, 22 June. A top Naxal commander and Central Committee member of outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) Haribhushan died of a cardiac arrest in Mingatta village of Sukma district in Chhattisgarh on Monday, Police confirmed. He was one of the most wanted rebels carrying a reward of Rs. 40 lakh on his head. He was battling for life due to Covid-19 related complications for the last few days.
Active for a long time on the border of Chhattisgarh’s Bastar division and Telangana, Haribhushan was elevated to be the secretary of Telangana State Committee of CPI( Maoist).
Dantewada SP Dr. Abhishek Pallav initially confirmed his death report but he was unsure of the exact cause of death and gauged that he might have died of food poisoning or corona. However, it became clear later on that he died of a cardiac arrest. “Haribhushan died due to food poisoning or corona on June 21 in Minagatta village of Sukma district of Chhattisgarh. More than half a dozen Maoist leaders are still seriously ill”, He told a local news portal. His death has inflicted a body blow to the rebels who have already been smarting due to their depleting foothold in their erstwhile stronghold in southern Chhattisgarh
Ultras have also lost 5 other top leaders between 27 May and 20 June. Of these, 4 died of their prevailing ailments, while 1 was killed in a police encounter. Apart from Haribhushan, Telangana State Committee member Katti Mohan alias Prakash alias Damu Dada, DVCM Sobharay, communication in-charge of Dandakaranya Sub Zonal Committee (DKSZC), Kursam Gangaiah alias Ayatu, the technical team commander of DKSZC died of their ailments. Whereas, Bolangir Platoon Commander DVCM Rabindra was killed in an encounter with the police on June 11 in Bargarh, Odisha.
Haribhushan alias Yapa Narayan, a native of the Mariguda village of the Kottaguda area inMahabubabad district of Telangana, joined the People’s War Group (PWG) in 1995. The deceased leader who escaped several encounters with the security forces was actively involved in several deadly Naxal attacks in security apparatus along the Telangana-Chhattisgarh border.