Friday, December 12, 2008

Maoists forcing tribals to quit govt, public posts

VKL GayatriFirst Published : 12 Dec 2008 09:27:00 AM ISTLast Updated : 12 Dec 2008 03:38:34 PM IST

VISAKHAPATNAM: Maoists, who have lost their grip over the Agency areas of this region, are determined to get back their hold. This became evident when they started a door-to-door campaigning, warning tribal people against joining the police department and other security agencies.

They tell the tribals to ask their children who are working as a constable, Home Guard or even as a security guard to resign from their jobs. If the children do not comply with their diktat, they would kill the parents and their near and dear, they threaten.

The campaigning is in full swing at GK Veedhi, Koyyuru, Chintapalli, Hukumpet and Paderu mandals in Visakhapatnam district, and in Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts as well.

According to the information reaching here from Vizianagaram district, the threat is showing its impact and three tribal youths have quit their jobs. The frightened tribals are not willing to send their children for employment in urban areas.

Though the Maoists have been issuing warnings for the past two years it was only recently that they launched a campaign and started collecting data on tribals working in urban areas. The movements of tribal politicians are also under watch. According to the information from Agency areas, the Maoists are ticking off the sarpanches of some villages and asked them to resign.

The State Government is implementing various programmes for the welfare of tribals. Several government departments are providing training to the tribal youths to help them hone their skills and get jobs in urban areas. Engrossed in their work and leading a cozy urban life, the tribal youth are no longer interested in ideological revolution.

Sensing the danger and fearing loosening of their grip over the Agency areas, the Maoists are now holding out threats to people.Very recently, Lotugedda village sarpanch M Babu Rao and the panchayat ward members announced that they were resigning from their posts. The Maoists sent a group of people headed by Babu Rao to one Prasant, who is working as a Home Guard at the Narsipatnam police station, to resign.

But Prasant rejected the demand and said that even if he quit the job, the Maoists would kill him.

The Maoists are collecting the names of people using mobile phones and having good contacts in the urban areas.

The Maoist leaders strongly believe that the police succeeded in making a large number of tribals as informers. In Visakhapatnam district this year Maoists killed eight tribals, branding them as police informers.

They were identified as Sammireddy Ganeswara Rao and Sammireddy Pentayya (Pulusumamidi), Pangi Nageswara Rao (Peddalanka), Pangi Krishna (Boosiputtu), G Janakiram (Boddapadu), G Subbarao (Boddamanupakala), Killo Sona and Vantala Ramarao of (Ramaraopalem).

In Bhamini and Battili mandals in the Palakonda sub-division of Srikakulam district, the Maoists killed three tribals _ A Sannai, A Illamma and Rajesh. One man, Tirupati, was killed in Nilakantapuram mandal in Vizianagaram district.

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