A forest guesthouse and a jeep were torched, allegedly by Naxalites, at the Tadvai mandal headquarters between Warangal and Eturunagaram in Telangana, on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday. The guesthouse was recently renovated and some huts were constructed by the forest department to encourage tourism and attract visitors to the State. The facility had remained defunct for many decades fearing Naxal attacks in the thick forests. However, as the Naxalite movement seemed to have declined, the Forest Department recently renovated it.
Note from rebels
A note, written in red ink, purportedly by Karimnagar-Khammam-Warangal Maoist party committee secretary Damodar, said the Telangana State government should stop taking away the podu lands of Adivasis, which are acquired in the name of development, end open-cast mining and stop arresting people leading the “people’s movement.” The note also gave a call to people to join the “movement.”
Superintendent of Police (Rural) A.K. Jha rushed to the spot to take stock of the situation.
Speaking to The Hindu , he said the incident was being investigated from all angles to determine whether it was an act of miscreants and disgruntled elements, or was really carried out by Maoist party cadres.
One version was that the attack could be the handiwork of some people who migrated from Chhattisgarh in the recent past.
The forest officials were trying to vacate them from the occupied forestlands. Those supporting them could have struck at the guesthouse.
However, the SP said, Maoist leader Damodar had been named as accused in the incident and cases under Sections 147 and 436 of the Indian Penal Code, read with Section 149 and Sections 3 and 4 of the Prevention of Damage to Public Property (PDPP) Act, and Section 13 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, registered.
The incident created commotion among people as it indicated that Naxalites were perhaps staging a comeback after a lull of many years.