Martyrs’ week begins, East Godavari and Visakha Agency on red alert
VISAKHAPATNAM: Cops suspect Maoist attacks at many places in East Godavari and Visakha Agency in the coming days as Martyrs’ Week begins on Tuesday. Terror-struck tribals are not venturing out of their villages after Maoists released leaflets and tied banners at various areas in the two districts asking the villagers to observe Martyrs’ Week. According to sources, the leaflets were released at Etapaka area and Chintoor mandal in East Godavari.
The Malkangiri-Visakha-Koraput divisional committee secretary Venu also released a press statement on Sunday urging the people to observe Martyrs’ Week. Even as cops gird up for Maoist attacks, there have been no instances of violence have been reported during previous Martyrs’ Week, which is observed to pay tribute to naxal leaders and cadres who died in the struggle. Senior district rural police officers have asked all the 17 police stations in the Visakha Agency to be alert during the week.
Maoist Martyrs’ Week begins; tight security in Odisha dists
The Odisha government has sounded high alert in all Maoist-prone districts in view of the Martyrs’ Week observation by the Maoists which began today. In the posters and banners found in Bhulia Sikuan village under Khadial police station limits in Nuapada district, most parts in Nayaranpatna block and some villages in Niyamgiri area under Kalyansinghpur block in Koraput district, the CPI-Maoists Koraput-Srikakulam Division has urged the people to respect the Maoists who were killed during encounter with the police and Central forces, and make the Martyr’s Week successful . The Maoist outfit has also asked the state government to stop Operation Green Hunt against the Maoists and stop police atrocities on innocent tribals who have been indiscriminately arrested after being branded as Maoists.
“In view of the Martyrs’ Week observation, we have beefed up security. Each security post has been kept on high alert. Every security zone has been sensitized. Besides, regular motor vehicle checking and surprise checking are underway. Police, in coordination with the CRPF personnel has intensified intelligence-based operation. In the bordering areas, the DVF and SOG personnel have intensified combing operation,” Nuapada SP Pinak Mishra told the media today. Malkangiri SP Mitrabhanu Mohapatra said the police in coordination with the BSF personnel have intensified combing operation in the sensitive areas of the district to foil any violence by the Maoists during the period. Apart from this, elaborate security measures have been taken in all roads from Chhattisgarh, Bolangir, Bargarh and Kalahandi connecting Nuapada districts. Meanwhile, the state government has decided to stop plying of government buses in nine routes in the Maoist-prone districts. It may be mentioned that the Maoists observe the Martyrs’ Week from July 28 to August 3 every year.
Security Beefed up in Koraput
KORAPUT: Security has been beefed up in Maoist infested blocks of Koraput district in view of the Martyrs’ Week from July 28. Maoist cadres under Odisha and Andhra Pradesh Special Zonal Border Committee will organise meetings and unveil pylons constructed in memory of the dead Maoists during the week. Meanwhile, district police and BSF have intensified combing operation in Bandhugam, Narayanpatana, Pottangi, Laxmipur, Lamtaput, Boipariguda and Nandapur while vehicles entering the district are being checked at border posts. Maoist banners and posters found in Narayanpatana on Monday called upon the youths to join the extremist group to fight for justice.
High alert sounded in Vizag agency and Andhra-Orissa border
Security has been beefed up across the Visakhapatnam agency and along the Andhra Odisha Border (AOB) in light of the Maoist Martyrs’ Week being observed by the banned CPI (Maoist) from July 28 to August 3, police said here today. Superintendent of Police (Visakha Rural) Koya Praveen and ASP (Operations) Vishal Gunni said that vigil has been stepped up and combing operations in sensitive areas in G K Veedhi, Chintapalle, G Madugula, Munchangiput, Pedabayalu, Koyyuru, Paderu and few other hot beds of the Maoists in the agency.
The development comes in the wake of a recent exchange of fire as well as an encounter, in which a Maoist called Suryam from the Prakasam area was gunned down in the Gobrapada area under Munchangiput area in the district on June 20, the police officials said. The Maoist also killed one P Ramana of Gobrapada area after branding him a police informer, the police officials said. Observation of Martyrs’ Week is often fraught with violence since the rebels have attacked the police in the past due to which security has been beefed up in the Vizag agency area, the police officials said.
Meanwhile, the Maoists have put up banners and posters at several areas asking young people to celebrate Martyrs’ Week, which will begin on Tuesday morning, the police officials said. Maoists observe the event annually to remember their comrades who have fallen on police bullets calling them “martyrs”, the police officials said.
`Reds` blow up panchayat building in Gomia
BOKARO: At a time when security forces were conducting combing operation in the jungles, Maoists blew up a panchayat bhavan in Pachmo on the foothills of Jhumra in Gomia block of the district on Monday. The bhavan used to be a police post earlier, but they left the place three months ago. Police said, “The attack was carried out by a group of 10 Maoists around 2am on Sunday. Three improvised explosive devises (IED) were used to blow up the building. The locals were shaken by the deafening sound of the blast.” This is the second such Maoist incident in the last four days.
Maoists erect memorials in Agency areas ahead of Martyrs’ Week
A day before the commencement of Martyrs’ Week being observed by the banned CPI (Maoist), memorials were given finishing touches in a part of Visakha Agency on Monday, even as some posters and banners were put up in Chintoor and its adjoining mandals in East Godavari Agency area. In spite of intensive combing operations by police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in the Visakha Agency, the Maoists erected four permanent memorials (stupams) between G.K. Veedhi and Koyyuru. The memorial near Kumkumpudi was reportedly very tall. All the four memorials were ready by Monday, apart from the final coat of paint. With the developments in the Visakha Agency, the locals were in the grip of fear. Only a few days ago, the Maoists killed a tribal belonging to Gobarpada in Munchingput mandal after giving a thrashing to two others and destroying a few houses. Maoists resorted to this violent act accompanied by a large group of militia members and sympathisers. In June, a Maoist was killed during an exchange of fire with police. Police said that the party had brought cadres from outside the State to commit arson as it had failed in getting support from the local tribals.