Tuesday, March 16, 2010

DGP calls for public vigilance

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ServiceFirst Published : 16 Mar 2010 05:28:00 AM IST

HYDERABAD: Virtually caught napping till the documents seized from the slain Maoist leader Solipeta Kondal Reddy alias Tech Ramana led the Andhra Pradesh police to a huge arms dump in a house in West Godavari district, Director General of Police RR Girish Kumar, while patting the Warangal police for the `impressive recovery,’ today appealed to the public to inform the police about movements of suspicious persons and material.

``West Godavari district is known to be a peaceful district.
But, the Maoists had a secret shelter and stored huge arms there. I appeal to the public to pass on information to us. It is a deadly material meant for deadly purposes,’’ Girish Kumar said, after going through the seized items, displayed at his office at a press conference today.

The arms dump was found in a house at Paidiparru near Tanuku of West Godavari district three days ago. Certain documents found on slain Maoist leader Kondal Reddy led the police to this house which belongs to an auto driver Veera Raghavulu, who is reportedly in police custody for questioning.

Among the seized material are six rocket launchers, grenade shells, springs, igniter base and other material used for preparing grenades. About 3,000 grenades can be assembled with the material.

Stating that nearly 1,000 grenades were assembled and already distributed to the Maoist cadres, the DGP said that Kondal Reddy, who used to assist Tech Madhu, another cadre arrested in 2006, was instrumental in manufacturing hand grenades, two-inch mortars, rocket launches. ``He manufactured about 500 spare parts of tapanchas, 1,000 pressure mines and 3,000 spare parts for grenades,’’ he said.

Girish Kumar said that there were inputs to suggest that Maoist action teams were planning to commit sensational offences in their effort to rebuild the organisation.
Dismissing the allegation that the encounters of Kondal Reddy and Sakhamuri Appa Rao were stage-managed, the State police chief said that the encounters were based on certain inputs received by them. ``Operational details cannot be shared,’’ he replied when asked how the police got to know about the movements of the two Maoist leaders.
Warangal district SP Shahnawaz Qasim, however, said that the exchange of fire between the police and Kondal Reddy lasted for hardly 15 minutes after which he was killed. ``We received inputs about his movement in Khammam and Warangal about 10 days ago. Our operation started at 11 p.m. on March 10 night,’’ a visibly annoyed Qasim said. To a query on whether the AP police was trying to track down Maoist leader Kishenji in West Bengal, Girish Kumar reiterated that he would not discuss operational matters.

Asked whether the rebels were spilling over into the State due to Operation Green Hunt launched in the neighbouring states, the DGP said it had nothing to do with it.


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