Monday, January 26, 2009

Police alarmed at increased naxalite activity

27 Jan 2009, 0409 hrs IST, Raghu Paithari, TNN

NIZAMABAD: The district police are on tenterhooks with increased naxalite activity in the Telangana heartland of Nizamabad district. Though
intensified combing operations are being carried out in Maoist-infested areas, the rapid movements of top Maoist and Janashakthi leaders in Kamareddy division have upset the police's plans to completely wipe out the Maoist movement, sources said.

The police authorities recently released wall posters carrying the photographs of Maoist district committee secretary Swamy alias Loketi Chander and five top leaders. "With the election season fast approaching, the police are very much worried over providing security to VIP politicians as most of them are in the Maoists' hitlist", a senior police officer told TOI.

With chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy's programme slated for January 30 and Prajarajyam party chief Chiranjeevi all set to begin his three-day Nizamabad tour on January 28, the police are laying special focus on the extremists' movements in interior areas of the district. Though the police officials have denied regrouping of various naxalite groups, they have not ruled out increased threat perception from the Maoists this time round.

Kamareddy DSP V Shyamsunder said the police forces are on complete guard to thwart any Maoist strike. Sources said the recent arrest of Kamareddy dalam commander Cheryala Laxmipathi and Janashakthi naxalite Ramesh has further strengthened the argument that the Maoists are back in the business.

The extremist movement suffered a major dent after the Manala encounter wherein 10 Maoists, including DCS Ramesh were killed on March 7, 2005. "With the then SP Madhusudhan Reddy developing a massive informer network, the Maoist cadre beat a hasty retreat as most of them shifted their base to nearby Chhattisgarh state," an officer involved in anti-naxal operations told TOI. There were nearly 100 informers working in the extremist-infested areas, he sadded.

Admitting that the naxal movement in the interior areas has seen a spurt in recent times, district SP N Suryanarayana said the police would not let their guard down in meeting the challenges posed by the Maoists.

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