Warangal: Warangal Police Commissioner Tarun Joshi on Wednesday said a large number of Maoists are suffering from COViD 19.Joshi said they have received information that top Maoist leadership is not allowing their cadres to leave forest and visit hospitals for treatment.

The district Police chief said they intercepted a car at Mulugu road and found CPI (Maoist) party leader Gaddam Madhukar inside. A COVID positive, Gaddam was on his way to Warangal from Chhattisgarh for medical treatment. He was later admitted to a private hospital.

Gaddam Madhukar told police that a number of senior Maoist cadres are suffering from COVID 19. But the CPI (Maoist) is not allowing them to leave forests for treatment. The cadres are allowed to leave only when their health condition deteriorates.

It is also learnt that a guard of Damodar, Telangana State Committee Member was also infected with COVID -19. He tried to run away but was apprehended by the militia cadre and not allowed to leave the forest for treatment.

"The information illustrates that the CPI (Maoist) is violating basic human rights of the cadres. They are behaving inhumanly and not allowing the ailing cadres to receive treatment. We appeal to all leaders and cadres who are suffering from Covid -19 to contact us and we will provide them with the best available treatment," the police commissioner said.

Tarun Joshi also released the list of some of the cadres who are suspected to be suffering from Covid -19 and other health issues. They include Katakam Sudarshan alias Anand CCM, Thippiri Tirupathi alias Devuji CCM, Yapa Narayana alias Haribhushan, TSC Secretary, Bade Chokka Rao alias Damodar, TSCM, Kankanala Raji Reddy TSCM, Katta Ramchandra Reddy, Vikalp, DKSZCM, DKSZC Spokesperson, Mula Devender Reddy, DKSZCM, Kunkati Venkataiah, South Bastar DVC Secretary, Muchaki Ungal DVCM & Venkatapuram- Wazeedu ACS, Kodi Manjula, South Bastar, DVCM, Pusam Padma, ACM, and Kakarla Sunitha ACM.

Warangal police registered a case under section 10, 13 and 20 of UAPA Act 1967 at Matwada police station against Gaddam Madhukar, a minor, and Nellutla Naresh ( both couriers). Gaddam Madhukar and the minor were arrested but Nellutla Naresh is absconding.

Meanwhile, police said Maoists were mobilized several tribals from Chhattisgarh and border villagers of Telangana to protest against the new forces camp at Silger in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh.

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