HYDERABAD: Outlawed Maoists seem to be regaining ground in the interior villages of the two Telugu states if one goes by the spurt in Naxalite activities in the last six months. About 40 Maoist-related incidents, including killings and exchange of fire, have been reported since January 1 in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana while as many as 44 Maoists and their sympathizers were arrested. Most of those held were trying to recruit cadre for the CPI (Maoist) from villages.
This year, the Maoists killed four people, burnt seven vehicles and conducted two recruitment drives albeit unsuccessfully. The police recovered three explosives dumps and also killed a Maoist in an exchange of fire. The Naxalites also pasted wall posters listing a set of local demands in some villages to make their presence felt. There was also an attempt to make Adilabad part of the Dandakaranya region. The police, on the other hand, have succeeded in convincing a number of Maoists, including dalam leaders and deputy commanders, to surrender.
In all, 100 Maoists gave up arms so far this year. Andhra Pradesh has witnessed more Maoist activities as compared to Telangana in the last six months. Maoists killed three people and reportedly conducted two recruitment drives besides holding the party plenary. About 30 Maoists were arrested in AP as against 14 in Telangana. The two incidents of exchange of fire were also reported from AP. With the Maoists attempting to regroup themselves on AP-Odisha, AP-Chhattisgarh and Telangana-Chhattisgarh borders, the police in both the states have taken up a novel campaign to deal with the security threat. They are now seeking the help of the families of Maoists to convince them to lead a normal life. Last week, Karimnagar district police superintendent D Joel Davis released a wall poster with the photographs of top Maoists and the rewards they carry on their head. He called upon senior Maoists Muppalla Lakshman Rao alias Ganapathi, Mallojula Venugopal Rao alias Prahlad and Pulluru Prasada Rao alias Chandranna to give up arms. “The parents of many Maoist leaders are old. The Maoists should surrender and serve their parents. They should leave their outdated ideology, join society and utilize the reward money and other government benefits for the welfare of their families,” Joel observed.
The police have also been holding health check-up camps in villages to wean away people from the influence of Left extremism. They have also increased the movement of the police personnel in the forest areas, particularly in Visakhapatnam, Khammam, East Godavari, Warangal and Karimnagar districts. Warangal rural SP Ambar Kishor Jha held a meeting with the relatives of Maoists where parents urged their sons and daughters, who are underground, to leave violence and benefit from the government’s generous schemes for surrendered Naxals. In some places, the police presented clothes and medicines to the old parents of Maoist leaders hoping that the gesture will bring the security forces closer to people in interior villages.
January 12: Nalgonda police unearthed a Maoist dump at Kambalapalli village of Chandampet mandal
January 13: Karimnagar police foiled an attempt by Maoists to revive the party in the district. They arrested a Maoist and his two associates
February 14: Khammam police foiled an attempt to plant explosives in a forest area to kill a security personnel
May 30: Maoists killed a tribal, Kurusam Balakrishna, 30, dubbing him as a police informant at Unjupalli forest area in Charla mandal of Khammam district —————–
January 17: Maoists killed a villager identified as Sanjeeva Rao in Veeravaram village of G Madugula mandal in Visakhapatnam district. They also destroyed the ashram of spiritual guru Simhachalam in nearby Gurramveedhi village
January 22: Police seized a large quantity of explosives from a vehicle on Khammam-Bhadrachalam main road proceeding towards Malkangiri district of Odisha
April 27: Maoist cadres of Sabari area committee killed two people, Madivi Chukka, 25, and Madivi Joga, 28, after branding them as police informants in Yetapaka mandal of East Godavari district
May 27: An exchange of fire between Maoists and the police at Cheedipalli of Koyyuru mandal in Visakhapatnam district. Yet another exchange of fire on May 28
June 20: A Maoist was killed in exchange of fire with police in Visakhapatnam district