Within a span of thirty minutes, one of the most dreaded Maoist insurgents in Odisha’s feared Malkangiri district was wiped out on Friday afternoon. Madhav alias Golla Ramulu alias Sreedhar, originally from Mehboobnagar in Andhra Pradesh and in his late thirties was gunned down in Odisha’s Koraput district by a joint team of police from Koraput and Malkangiri districts. The exchange of fire took place in a jungle near Chiliba village under Machkund police station.
Madhav, known for the sensational killing of a Border Security Force (BSF) Commandant along with three others in Chitrakonda, Malkangiri last year, carried a reward of Rs.10 lakh from the Odisha government’s side and Rs.4 lakh from Andhra Pradesh government. Importantly, he was a member of Community Party of India’s (CPI) Maoist Divisional Committee Member (DCM). It is said that he ruled the “cut off” region which lies beyond the Balimela reservoir, a location where not too many security personnel venture.
The exchange of fire took place when the joint team pinned him down in a forested region. It was learnt that the Malkangiri police was tailing Madhav and later informed the Koraput police when he entered their region.
“We revealed to him that he had been surrounded and offered him a chance to surrender. But he chose to shoot at us,” revealed an officer who was at the site.
The entire episode lasted for around 30 minutes and it was at 1230 hours when his body was recovered.
“As a DCM, he kept an AK47 as well as a personal weapon. However, we only recovered his personal weapon. No doubt, those with him took away the AK47,” said an officer. The police team also recovered his diary as well as a kit bag from the site.
With him gone, the local security forces believe the insurgency movement has suffered a huge setback even as the Centre believes it to be a largely localised achievement.
“Madhav has been active in Malkangiri for over a decade now. His death is a major relief for us,” said an officer. According to information accessed, a lot of cadres of the CPI Maoist who have surrendered recently have named Madhav as among the senior leaders in the state hierarchy.