Telugu poet Gaddar writes a letter to President Droupadi Murmu

Gummadi Vittal Rao  who is popularly known as Gaddar, is a Telugu  poet, revolutionary balladeer, activist and a former naxalite. Gaddar was active in the Naxalite movement till 2010, and later joined the movement  for  Telangana’ statehood.  He went underground in the 1980s and became a member of Communist Party of India (Marxist–Leninist) People’s War. Revolutionary balladeer and former Naxalite Gaddar was part of its cultural wing and performed in from of the crowds. He has a bullet in spine as a result of a failed assassination in  the year 1997. After being active in Naxal movement till 2010, later he  identified himself as an Ambedkarite. He adopted the name Gaddar as a tribute to the pre-independence Gadar party which opposed British colonial rule in Punjab during the 1911 .

Gaddar has written a letter to President Droupadi Murmu, and urged  that all the criminal cases against him should be withdrawn.  He requested withdrawal of prosecution from 3 criminal cases between 2005-06 under UAPA and Explosive Substances Act, all of which were pending in the  various courts in Karnataka.

Gaddar said he has been falsely implicated in criminal cases in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. He added that since cases were registered and that he was not issued any  summons or  arrest warrant but was continuously shown as an absconding accused person.

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