Visakhapatnam: Several Maoists active along the Andhra-Odisha border (AOB) are down withCovid-19
, say police sources. Many in the rank and file of the outlawed political outfit are battling viral symptoms resulting in a lull inMaoist
activity in the state. Maoist activity along AOB has gone down significantly in the last four months, as has combing by security forces.
Police personnel deployed in the area say that the Maoists are keeping a low profile and have kept themselves confined to Malkangiri district. Anti-Maoist operations OSD Satish Kumar said, “We have information about a few naxals of various squads who are affected by Covid-19. We are ready to provide them proper treatment.”
Kumar further said that the police department is urging family members of Maoists to approach local police if their Maoist kin are suffering from Covid-19 symptoms. “Police will admit them in hospitals and they will be sent to their native villages after recovery,” the OSD said