Monday, December 03, 2007

Maoists keeping cops on their toes

User Rating: / 0 Monday, 03 December 2007

Hyderabad, December 03: The State Police are on high alert to prevent any attack from the Maoists who are observing the seventh anniversary of the formation of the People’s Liberation Guerilla Army (PLGA) from on Sunday till December 8 in their strongholds across the State.

The Maoists, who recently said they were targeting government properties, killed Amangal Mandal Parishad President Ramavath Panthu Naik in Mahboobnagar district on Saturday.

They have warned tribals against snitching to the police who, for their part, have stepped up vigil on the borders of Orissa, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra.

According to ENS reports, more forces have been deployed to protect government properties. And ministers and MLAs from the ruling Congress have been advised not to visit interior villages of their constituencies without prior intimation to the police.

“We know that the Maoists are observing weeklong programmes but we will not allow them to resort to violence,” Visakhapatnam range DIG Jitender told this website's newspaper .

In the agency areas of East Godavari district, the police have tightened security around all police stations, government installations and other vulnerable targets.

Police stations abutting Nallamala Forest have been fortified and the police have intensified combing operations.

Apprehending surprise attacks, the Prakasam district police have formed special parties in the Nallamala region where the party lost State committee secretary Madhav and 60 other activists in “encounters” in the past two years.

The police have also been conducting search operations in Markapuram and Donakonda areas of Prakasam district following information that Maoist action teams were moving about in those areas.

Funeral held: Meanwhile, the funeral of Panthu Naik was held this morning and was attended by around 20,000 people, including Union Urban Development Minister S Jaipal Reddy, Home Minister K Jana Reddy, Municipal Administration Minister K Ranga Rao and Rural Development Minister G Chinna Reddy.

The people of Amangal, Kadtal and other areas observed a bandh to protest against the incident. Terming the killing as an act of cowardice, Jana Reddy said the Maoists were targeting public representatives “only to indicate their presence.”

Jana Reddy said he would request Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy to provide a job in Group-I Services to the slain leader’s daughter who is in her final year of BTech. Jaipal Reddy said Panthu Naik’s death was an irreparable loss to the Congress as well as for the tribals in the district.

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