Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisation (CDRO) strongly condemns the brutal and horrifying murder of Ganti Prasadam, the former leader of the Maoist Party and present honorary President of Amarula Bandumitrula Committee, by the state sponsored criminal gang. He was attacked with knifes and fired at him at point blank at 3.30 pm on Thursday (4rth July) in Nellore Town, Andhra Pradesh. The attack was carried on when Prasadam was about to enter the Nellore Hospital premises to visit an ailing relative. Three unidentified persons attacked him in front of the Hospital gate with knifes and opened three rounds of fire and left the place thinking that he was dead. Earlier, in the morning he had participated in the Martyr’s Day Celebrations of the Revolutionary Writers Association at Town Hall in Nellore. The police who are investigating the crime have been very casual and further trying to link the murder to personal rivalry. it is nothing but their diversion tactics. We firmly believe that this murder has been committed by the state sponsored criminal gang with active connivance and conspiracy of the police. In view of the critical condition, a delegation of Revolutionary writers and APCLC members went to Chief Minister to request to shift the injured Prasadam from Nellore to Hyderabad for better treatment. However they were arrested and are booked with criminal cases. Therefore the attitude of the State Government in this regard is highly reprehensible.
Doctors who gave first aid said that Prasadam suffered three bullet wounds – two in the lower chest and one in the hip.There were also knife injuries on the neck and left forearm .As the condition turned critical, prasadam was shifted to Narayana Corporate Hospitat on the city outskirts. Prasadam who was conscious was said to have pleaded with the doctors and visitors to save him to strengthen revolutionary movement.
It is an horrifying experience in Andhra Pradesh that the State police going beyond the law by organizing criminal gangs in order to eliminate the leading activists of people’s organizations and rights activists. In the past Mr.Purushottamd and Ajam Ali of APCLC were brutally murdered by the vigilante groups and Manyam Prasad and Kanakachari were hacked to death by the criminal gangs labeling themselves as KOBRAS and TIGERS. Similarly about 70 activists received death warrants by these so called KOBRAS and TIGERS threatening that they would be killed if they do not disassociate from their respective organizations. These gangs were sponsored and supported by the state police. Now they targeted Prasadam as he become popular among the exploited masses and for organizing various struggles in the State. We appeal all the democrats and intellectuals to come forward and condemn the brutal murder of Prasadam by AP State Government. We demand a judicial inquiry into the murder and bring the culprits to justice immediately.
Kranthi Chetanya (APCLC, Andhra Pradesh), Paramjeet Singh (PUDR, Delhi), Parmindar Singh (AFDR, Punjab), Phulendro Konsam (COHR, Manipur) and Tapas Chakraborty (APDR, West Bengal)
(Coordinators of CDRO).