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Telangana cops on high alert as Maoists step up attack in border district

About 20 Maoists from Chhattisgarh swooped on the tribal Veerapuram village in Pinapaka block early on Saturday and shot dead a tribal farmer.

india Updated: Jan 29, 2018 14:06 IST
Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
Hindustan Times, Hyderabad
Telangana,Maoists,Telangana Police
Maoists belonging to the Northern Telangana committee and Dandakaranya special zone committee are active in Khammam on the Telangana-Chhattisgarh border.(File Photo)

Police in Telangana’s Bhadradri Kothagudem are on high alert after outlawed Maoists intensified their activity in the tribal areas of the district bordering Chhattisgarh, officials said on Monday.

District superintendent of police Amber Kishore Jha said the Maoists are desperately trying to regain their hold on the northern districts of the state bordering Chhattisgarh due to their locational advantage.

“This is the first major incident after nearly four years and it shows they want to make their presence felt in the region. Since Godavari river is presently dry, they could creep into our areas during the night and indulge in violence,” Jha said.

About 20 Maoists from Chhattisgarh swooped on the tribal Veerapuram village in Pinapaka block early on Saturday and shot dead a tribal farmer Todem Jangaiah, 40, alleging that he was acting as a police informer.

The hamlet was named by the police as Umesh Chandra Nagar after a senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, who was shot dead by the Maoists in Hyderabad in September 1999.

Maoists grievously injured Madivi Ramesh of Sundaraiah Nagar, another tribal hamlet of Janampet village.

They also set four trucks, two tractors and two excavators belonging to a sand quarry at Bhupatiraopet village on fire and threatened local workers of dire consequences if they informed the police before returning to Chhattisgarh jungles after crossing the Godavari river.

Jha said the anti-Maoist special police forces were on high alert to ensure that such incidents did not recur.

“We are making all-out efforts to stall their attempts to regain their hold in the state. That is why, they are indulging in lightning strikes,” he said.

“We have to be careful in conducting combing operations as we do not want to walk into their trap and get killed. We do conduct regular meeting of inter-state police forces to work out the strategies to prevent the Maoist activity,” the senior officer added.

The Maoists have more or less been wiped out from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh after the unsuccessful talks with the then YS Rajasekhar Reddy government in October 2004.

Several top leaders have been killed in encounters and the remaining have shifted their base into the forests of Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Jharkhand and West Bengal.

The successive governments have taken several measures to wean away disgruntled youth from joining the Maoists, which resulted in a drastic fall in the new recruitments into the Maoist party in the last one decade.

After the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh in June 2014, the Maoists resumed their efforts to make a re-entry into the divided state and spread their activities.

Maoists belonging to the Northern Telangana committee and Dandakaranya special zone committee are active in Khammam on the Telangana-Chhattisgarh border and the Andhra-Odisha border committee has been making its presence felt in the north coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh like Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam.

First Published: Jan 29, 2018 14:06 IST