Visakhapatnam: Slain Maoist leader Gemmeli Narayana Rao's son surrendered before the Vizag Rural police on 15 July. Gemmeli Keshava Rao is an active member of the banned CPI (Maoists), the police said. Keshava Rao surrendered before the assistant superintendent of police of Chintapalle , V. Vidhya Sagar Naidu, in Vizag Agency on Wednesday.
In February 2017, the elite anti-naxal force (Greyhounds) of Andhra Pradesh had gunned down Gemmeli Narayan Rao alias Jambri near the Annavaram area under Koyyuru mandal in Vizag Agency. Jambri, who carried a reward of Rs. 4 lakh on his head, had joined the banned outfit two decades ago. From a militia member, he had risen to the rank of a cadre. Jambri was involved in 65 cases, including 15 murders, eight exchange of fire, eight landmine blasts, and three famine raids. He had played a key role in the killing of 37 Greyhounds in Balimela in the AOB region in 2008.
Jambri’s family had tried to push the unwilling Kesava into taking an active role in the Maoist movement. The ASP said Keshava was active in the Mettaguda and Veeravaram areas of Chintapalle police sub-division limits. He has aided Maoists in their activities, he said.
“Keshava was very active until the past few months. The government's development activities and community policing by the Vizag rural police are driving factors behind his surrender and change of mind,” said the ASP.
The police officer has advised Keshava to lead a peaceful life with his family and advised him against being involved in anti-government activities. The police will bring it to the notice of relevant government departments so that he can avail government benefits, he said.