Thursday, December 03, 2009

Cops on their toes to check Maoists

A Srinivas Prasad

First Published : 03 Dec 2009 04:01:00 AM IST
Last Updated : 03 Dec 2009 12:32:33 PM IST

ADILABAD: The district police are on high alert and have intensified combing operations in the forest areas of the district in view of the week-long celebrations of IXth anniversary of People’s Liberation Guerilla Army (PLGA) that began Wednesday.

The district, which had once been the forte of ultras, witnessed a lull in their activity for the last four years.

And it was learnt that Maoists are putting in efforts to strengthen their cadre gradually.

For the last three months, according to sources, Maoists, through their party sympathisers and supporters, have been focusing on pulling tribal youths into their fold in several villages.

Maoists had celebrated the PLGA anniversary at their hide-outs during the last three years but this year they have decided to organise the celebrations in the tribal villages.

During their recent attack at the open cast mining project in Dorli of Tiryani mandal wherein they torched six vehicles, extremists appealed to the people, through posters, to observe the IXth anniversary of PLGA.

They also called upon the youth to join the party and serve the people. This was the first attack in the district after four years, probably taken up with inspiration from the incident at Lalgarh in West Bengal.

Maoists had attacked a camp of State and paramilitary forces at Dharampur, about 15 km from Lalgarh, despite presence of security personnel in July this year.

However, after setting ablaze the vehicles at Dorli, Maoists managed to escape deep into the forests bordering Andhra and Maharashtra.

SP Pramod Kumar has been camping in the eastern part of the district and inspecting Maoist-affected areas including Bejjur, Tiryani, Asifabad mandals for the last few days, on information that Maoists have been moving in the places.

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