Visakhapatnam, May 11 : Responding with alacrity, the Indian Navy evacuated four tribals and two policemen, who were injured in an anti-Maoist operation in Visakhapatnam.
The injured were brought to the city and are undergoing treatment at a private hospital.We can only hope that all of them survive," said Soumya Mishra, Deputy Inspector General of Police.
The Maoists, described by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh as the country's biggest internal security threat, started their armed struggle in Naxalbari town of West Bengal in 1967.
Over the past four decades, they have expanded their support among farmers by tapping into resentment at the government's pro-industry push.
The Maoists claim they are crusading for the poor, marginal farmers, and landless labourers.
They have spread into the rural pockets of 20 of India's 28 states.