Wednesday, November 11, 2009

'Maoists regrouping in N Telangana'

TNN 11 November 2009, 06:50am IST

NIZAMABAD: Amidst reports that the movement of Maoists has increased by leaps and bounds in North Telangana districts, sources said nearly 70 action
team members have sneaked into the region from Chhattisgarh in the wake of the proposed Operation Green Hunt at Abujmad in Chhattisgarh and Operation Godavari in Andhra-Orissa border.

"The Maoists have strategically moved to North Telangana to shift focus from Chhattisgarh operation. But the state police is fully geared up to thwart their designs," a district police official said. In fact, the Maoists lost their hold in the district after the Manala encounter in March 2005 in which 10 extremists, including district committee secretary Ramesh, were killed in the forests of Kammarapalli mandal.

Sources said the Maoists in league with members of Janashakthi are trying to regroup in a big way and take the movement forward in Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Warangal districts. "The Maoists are visiting interior villages to meet sympathisers, while Janashakthi leaders are holding meetings with beedi workers and women group members," a source said.

It is learnt that Janashakthi north Telangana secretary Yadanna was extorting money from businessmen, contractors and others on the pretext of strengthening the party and reviving the naxal movement.

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