Kosa (Maoist)

Kadari Satyanarayan Reddy,[1] commonly known by his nom de guerre, Kosa (Hindi pronunciation: [koːsaː]), was a Central Committee[1] member of the Communist Party of India (Maoist), a banned[2] Maoist insurgent[3] communist party in India.

Kadari Satyanarayan Reddy
Adilabad dist, Telangana
Died15 October 2019
Other namesKosa, Gopanna, Sadhu
OrganizationCommunist Party of India (Maoist)
Known forA cadre and Central Committee member of CPI (Maoist)
Criminal charge(s)Left-wing insurgency, Murder, Criminal conspiracy
Criminal statusKilled in encounter


In 1984, Kosa was married to Radha; soon after their marriage, Kosa decided to have a vasectomy, as the couple consciously concluded that "it was very difficult to have children and fight a guerrilla warfare."[4] Kosa has told media that "Maoist cadres did not force their women to undergo sterilisation operation but they themselves opt for tubectomy."[4]

Guerrilla lifeEdit

In an interview with the media, one of the officials of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has described Kosa as "very good with arms and ammunition and a master at guerrilla warfare.[5]

He is a former secretary of Dandakaranya Special Zone Committee and a former "military commander" of CPI (Maoist), and has been appointed by the Central Regional Bureau of the political party to "fill the void" left after Kishenji's elimination in the ongoing Maoist movement in the region.[5] After Kosa was promoted to the Central Committee of the party, Ramanna replaced him as the head of its Dandakaranya Special Zone Committee.[6]

In 2009 NDTV claimed that Kosa was "one of the top five Maoist leaders in India.[7] Kosa has stated that the Maoists "only pick up arms in self-defence."[7]

Kosa was killed on 15 October 2019 in Sukma district, Chhattisgarh in an encounter with security forces.[8]

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  1. ^ a b Reddy, K. Srinivas (6 April 2010). "Maoists from Andhra Pradesh may have planned Chhattisgarh ambush". The Hindu. Hyderabad: The Hindu. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  2. ^ LIST OF ORGANISATIONS DECLARED AS TERRORIST ORGANISATIONS UNDER THE UNLAWFUL ACTIVITIES (PREVENTION) ACT, 1967 Archived 2010-09-28 at the Wayback MachineMinistry of Home Affairs. Retrieved 6 June 2013
  3. ^ Deepak Kapoor, AVSM PVSM, SM VSM Chief of Army Staff (India) (2009). South Asia Defence And Strategic Year Book. Pentagon Press. pp. 62–63. ISBN 978-81-8274-399-1.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  4. ^ a b "Maoist couples prefer no child norm". One India. Abujhmarh, Chhattisgarh: Greynium Information Technologies Pvt. Ltd. 11 April 2006. Retrieved 27 August 2013.
  5. ^ a b Singh, Vijaita (19 November 2012). "Maoists appoint Kishenji 'replacement' for revival". The Indian Express. New Delhi: Indian Express Group. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  6. ^ Singh, Vijaita (18 April 2013). "In a first, UAV used to record gunfight with Naxals in C'garh". The Indian Express. New Delhi: Indian Express Group. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  7. ^ a b Sen, Sudhi Ranjan (2009). "Govt sending mixed signals: Naxals". Bastar, Chhattisgarh: NDTV.
  8. ^ "Naxal killed in encounter with police in Chhattisgarh's Sukma". Raipur, Chhattisgarh. 2019.

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