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4 Maoists gunned down on Telangana-Chhattisgarh border

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Four Maoists were killed in a gunfight with police in Telangana’s Mulugu district, close to Chhattisgarh border on Tuesday.

The exchange of fire occurred in Karragatta forest in Venkatapuram (Nuguru) mandal in the early hours of the day.

A constable of Greyhounds, the elite anti-Maoist force of Telangana, was also injured in the operation. He was airlifted to Hanamkonda, where he was admitted to a hospital.

The incident occurred when the police personnel engaged in combing operation came face to face with a group of Maoists belonging to the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist).

According to police sources, the Maoists refused to surrender and opened fire forcing the police to retaliate.

Four Maoists were killed in the exchange of fire. Divisional level leaders of CPI (Maoist) were suspected to be among those killed. An INSAS assault rifle was reportedly recovered from the encounter site.

The joint combing operations by the police of both the states continued in the forest area amid reports about the presence of top Maoist leaders in the region.

Meanwhile, the injured constable of Greyhounds was brought to Hanamkonda town by a helicopter. He was given first aid in an ambulance on Hanamkonda Arts College grounds and was later shifted to a hospital.

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NIA searches in Telugu states over Maoist encounter case

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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday conducted searches across seven districts of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, and seized several incriminating documents, Maoist literature and digital devices.

The search operations were conducted at 14 locations in Hyderabad, Rachakonda, and Medak districts of Telengana, as well as Prakasam, Vishakhapatnam, Vijaywada and Nellore districts in Andhra Pradesh, an NIA release said.

The case relates to the exchange of fire on July 28, 2019 between the cadre of CPI (Maoist) and a combined team security forces including local district Reserve Guard, Special Task Force and CRPF.

The encounter resulted in the killing of six Maoists and one civilian. An FIR was registered in this regard at Nagarnar police station in Bastar district of Chhattisgarh, was later re-registered on March 18, 2021, by the NIA against the accused — namely Sanju alias Pandu Punem, Laxman, Munni, Dashari, and 30-40 other unknown individuals.

Further investigation in the case is underway.

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Woman Maoist leader surrenders before Telangana DGP

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A top woman Maoist leader in Telangana on Friday surrendered before Director General of Police M. Mahender Reddy.

Jajjeri Samakka alias Sharada is the wife of former Telangana Maoist leader Haribhushan alias Yapa Narayana, who died of Covid-19 recently.

She was a member of Bhadradri Kothagudem-East Godavari Divisional Committee of the banned Communist Party of India-Maoist.

The DGP said she surrendered due health problems, death of her husband, and also loss of faith in Maoist ideology.

During her 25-year-long underground life, she participated in five exchanges of fire with security forces and killed two persons. She was involved in 25 crimes and was carrying a reward of Rs 5 lakh.

The DGP said she realised that under the current circumstances, there are no grounds for the armed outfit to pursue the revolutionary movement in the light of digital revolution coupled with the welfare-oriented and people-friendly policies of the government.

Sharada said she feels that there is no reason to continue the guerilla warfare and mindless violence by the Maoists as people are getting enlightened and no more prepared to tolerate it.

She appealed to the Maoist cadres to give up arms and join the mainstream.

The DGP presented her a demand draft for Rs 5 lakh towards her rehabilitation and also presented Rs 5,000 for immediate expenses.

A native of Gangaram village of Mahabubabad district, she had joined the Maoist party in 1994. After marrying Haribushan in 1995, she worked as a Dalam member till 1998. She then worked in the North Telangana Special Zonal Committee (NTSZC) from 1999 to 2000 as first platoon member.

Sharada had surrendered before SP, Warangal in 2008 but in 2011 again joined the Maoists.

She revealed that during last six months, 20 cadres ran away from the party.

The DGP appealed to the Maoist cadres to join the mainstream and take part in the advancement of the nation through constructive participation and benefit from the rehabilitation process of Telangana which includes immediate relief with suitable amount and other support measures.

Mahender Reddy said there are 115 cadres in the Telangana Maoist State Committee but only 15 of them are from the state.

He claimed that Maoist Central Committee members Azad and Raji Reddy are ready to surrender but top leaders were not allowing them to do so.

He revealed that Maoist outfit is facing problems as several Maoists were infected by corona and with no access to healthcare facilities, they are facing hardships.

Currently Damodar is working as Maoist incharge in Telangana. The outfit is not getting fresh recruits.

The Maoist Central Committee has 25 members. While 11 are from Telangana, three belong to Andhra Pradesh. The remaining 11 comes from other states.

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Major encounter: Six Maoists killed in Vizag forests

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In a major jolt to the banned Maoists, six of their cadres, including a top leader, were killed in a huge encounter in the interiors of Koyyuru block in Vizag district. The shootout happened on Wednesday morning, according to the sources in the Greyhounds.

The police said that the police party had encountered a group of armed Naxals in the region deep inside Koyyuru forest. The Maoists had opened fire on the police, who had retaliated. In the ensuing gunfire six persons were found to be dead.

The incident occurred in Theegalametta forest area. According to the police sources, as many as six bodies, an AK 47 rifle, a self-loading rifle, one carbine, three .303 rifles and a tapancha were recovered from the encounter spot.

The police said that search operations are still underway and a massive combing has been on in the area. The police have rushed additional forces to the spot. The police are also trying to track the movements of the Maoists with the help of drons and helicopters.

Though one of the dead is deemed to be a top ranking Maoist, the cops suspect that several key leaders may have made good their escape.

The encounter comes barely a week after a key Naxalite leader carrying a reward of Rs 5 lakh on his head was killed in an encounter in the neighbouring Malkangiri area.

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MLA killing: local tribal leaders helped Maoists

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A close confidante and several other local tribal leaders belonging to different political parties in Araku valley’s villages are found to have given shelter and passed on information to Maoists on movements of Araku MLA Kidari Sarveswara Rao in the days prior to his killing.

One particular leader has become very close and won confidence of the MLA regardless of the fact that they belong to different tribes. He along with his wife, who is working for women and child welfare department, have helped Maoists in getting critical information and supplies.

These two were questioned by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) and their call data was checked thoroughly which has yielded some result to crack the case. The duo said that they did all that after Maoists had threatened to kill them while the police are not believing their words.

The police are also suspecting the role of many more village and mandal level leaders in Dumbrigunta mandal and surrounding areas. All these jointly gave shelter to Maoists prior to the killing of the MLA Sarveswara Rao and ex MLA Siveri Soma.

These local leaders have formed a good network and passed on information to Maoists the moment MLA Sarveswara Rao left Araku to take part in the official Grama Darsini programme at Sarrai village. This became advantageous for Maoists to successfully carry out their plans.

The police were not satisfied with the replies of these leader-informants who all said that Maoists threatened to kill them if they refused to cooperate. But almost all of them confessed to having helped Maoists some way or other.

The phone call records of all these leaders were checked closely. This proved very useful for the police who could not initially get a breakthrough as the Maoists had taken away the cell phones of the MLA and ex MLA after killing them.

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Araku valley: a shelter zone for Maoist naxals

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The Maoists do not usually resort to attacks and killings in places like the Araku valley as they use them as shelter zones. To carry out the MLA’s killing successfully, the Maoists were said to have selected Araku to take the local police by surprise according to their plan.

After yesterday’s incident, the Maoists left the valley and the were spotted going on Kundruma road near Sannayiguda hills to reach their safe havens in the bordering Orissa villages in Koraput district there.

Koraput SP Vishal Singh has sounded high alert in the district and instructed the police to put a close watch on the movements of Maoists in the infested villages.

Meanwhile, the AP government has formed a special investigation team (SIT) to investigate the killing of MLA Kidari Sarveswara Rao and ex MLA Siveru Soma. The team has already begun its work and it is expected to submit its report in 15 days.

According to preliminary reports, the Araku valley local police could not be alert with regard to Maoists movement because they were otherwise busy with the screenings and tests for CRPF selections. Araku CI and SIs of Araku, Anantagiri and Dumbriguda police stations were all busy with that work.

Moreover, they did not expect the Maoists to strike in one of the most unlikeliest of the places which is their shelter zone in Araku.

Nandapur dalam members led by Aruna, wife of Maoists AOB military commission secretary Ramachandra Reddy alias Chalapati, resorted to the attack. This dalam comes under Andhra Orissa Border special zonal committee of Maoists.

Araku MLA killing comes nearly 23 years after the Naxals murdered MP Magunta Subbarami Reddy in Ongole in Prakasam district in 1995. Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, former CM N Janardhan Reddy and some leaders escaped attacks by Maoists.

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Eight Maoists killed in Telangana gunfight

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Eight extremists of a newly formed Left wing group were killed in an exchange of fire with police in Telangana’s Bhadradri Kothagudem on Thursday, police said.

The incident occurred in Tekulapalli forests of the district, adjoining Chhattisgarh.

The slain extremists were members of the CPI-MLs’ Chandr Pullareddy Baata group, which was formed in July this year by some Maoist earlier associated with CPI-ML Jana Shakti group.

The gunbattle took place during a combing operation by police in the forests.

A police officer said the combing operations were launched following a tip-off about the presence of extremists.

Bhadradri Kothagudem’s Superintendent of Police Amber Kishore Jha said the group was indulging in extortions from contractors and local businessmen.

The police officer said the extremists opened fire when asked to surrender. The police had to return fire, killing eight extremists. No policeman was injured in the incident.

The police recovered five weapons including an SLR and two 8 mm rifles.

This is the first major gunfight between police and Maoists since formation of Telangana in 2014.

While police have foiled the attempts of the banned CPI-Maoist to revive their activities in the newly-created state, some extremists associated with Jana Shakti outfit regrouped to form a new organisation. Police said this was active in four districts.

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Sukma attack: Are Maoists threatened?

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Maoists have often targeted the CRPF personnel which has suffered high causalities. In an attempt to give back answers to the government, they are continuously attacking the forces in turn raising several questions. The response of central and state governments has been reactive so far. In one of the deadliest attack on Monday in Chattisgarh, at least 25 CRPF personnel were killed by Maoists near the Burkapal camp in south Sukma while out on duty to provide protection for road construction on the Dornapal-Jagargunda belt. The Chief Minister Raman Singh and few CRPF personnel claimed that 10 to 12 Maoists were killed in the CRPF retaliation.

This is the second Maoist attack in less than two months in Sukma district. As many as 12 CRPF men were killed in March near Bhejji village. With such recurring attacks, the pressure is mounted on central government, which has now asked security forces to go on an “all-out offensive” against Maoists and “show results in the next few weeks”. Maoists are constantly targeting the same place and the reason for this has raised few questions.

Chattisgarh’s Dandakaranya spans the districts of Bastar, Dantewada, Sukma districts, Andhra Odisha Broder (AOB), Malkangiri of odisha. A majority population in this region are Adivasis and as such the region is not particularly developed. The tribes have to go on foot for several miles to get educational and medical facilities. Added to that their lives are widely influenced by traders. Apart from the geographical advantage and forest cover, the lack of basic amenities helped the Maoists to gain strengthen in the region. For a decade now, the center and state governments, to wipe out Maoists, are doing combing activities.

Security forces and AP greyhounds in AOB and Malkangiri, are going ahead with a strong strategy to curb Maoists. CRPF base camps have been setup in the Dandkaranya three years ago, which are constantly conducting searches. Apart from that, they are developing the region by providing basic amenities, food and sports facilities to the Adivasis. The government is also trying to get into the region with socio-economic development as agenda. Sukma has seen a lot of road construction in the last couple of years. The Kalapathar region between Chintagufa-Burkpal districts is a junction to the three districts. The roads being laid in this region will ease the connective between villages.

This has threatened the Maoists who are constantly targeting the forces. Subsequently to protect their shelter zone, they are launching attacks CRPF. The decreasing hold over Chattisgarh Dankaranya is seen as a reason for Maoists to attack the Jawans.

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Is Babu under increased threat from Maoists?

Vijayawada: The revelation of AP DGP N Sambasiva Rao that Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, among others, was under threat from the Maoists, is sending shock waves among the TDP ranks, besides generating debate among the people. The DGP had admitted that the Chief Minister and several politicians and police officers were facing threat to their lives from the Maoists. He made this admission during a brief interaction with the media persons in Visakhapatnam on Friday. He said that the encounter killing of 31 Maoists in the boarder recently had intensified the seriousness of the threat from the Maoists.

Chandrababu Naidu was under threat during his earlier stint. It was this threat that had resulted in a landmine attack on him at Alipiri near Tirupathi in 2003. He survived the attack with minor bleeding injuries. His car in the convoy was damaged badly as the vehicle was bulletproof. The government had then increased his security. Though he had lost power in the two subsequent elections, 2004 and 2009, the security cover continued for him as Leader of Opposition. Now, after his return to the power, the security cover is further increased.

Last week, the State police have added another 50 personnel to provide him security cover particularly during his travel from his Undavalli house to the interim secretariat at Velagapudi. The police have changed his route on the flood bank (karakatta) to the Undavalli Caves, Penumaka to reach the secretariat. Earlier, he was passing through the flood bank from his house to Velagapudi passing through the narrow roads all the way, including the roads in Venkatapalem. The narrow flood bank, located along the Krishna river, was found more dangerous in terms of security for the Chief Minister following which they have changed the travel direction.
The Chief Minister lives right on the banks of river Krishna and a small portion of his house is in the river water. He travels on a single road surrounded by agriculture fields, including banana gardens and a number of culverts. The house too is surrounded by the thick banana fields posing a real security threat to him and one wonders how the police are allowing the Chief Minister to reside and travel under such hazardous conditions.

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Maoists release the Tribals unharmed

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The three Girijan members of Telugu Desam party of G.K. Veedhi mandal were released by the CPI (Maoist) 10 days after their abduction of on Wednesday night . They joined their families on Thursday.

The Maoists handed over TDP mandal unit president Mamidi Balayya Padal, party senior leader Vandalam Balayya and district committee member Mukkala Mahesh to the Girijan employees association leaders with a warning that they should oppose the bauxite mining and participate in the anti- Bauxite agitation of the Adivasis.

The Maoist are opposed to the mining of bauxite and especially by the corporate entities. Now, TDP government’s reported move to allow the Jindal South West and AN RAK to revive their activities has given the Maoists an opportunity once again to mobilize tribal people.

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