Andhra Pradesh Timeline 2009
A Kamareddy dalam (squad)
member belonging to the Janashakti faction of the Communist Party
of India-Marxist-Leninist (CPI-ML-Janashakti), identified as Kotta
Rajam, surrendered before the Police at Kamareddy in the Nizamabad
The Superintendent of Police (SP)
in Khammam District, Mahesh M. Bhagwat, said while launching a
special programme to encourage surrender of the left-wing extremists
that some 159 left-wing extremists, including 60 Communist Party
of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) commanders and squad members, were
arrested in the District during 2008. 42 left-wing extremists,
including eight underground activists of the rank of the District
and zonal secretaries and three dalam commanders and 29
dalam cadres, were among those who surrendered in 2008,
he said, adding, the Praja Pratighatana faction of the CPI-ML
accounted for the highest number of 28 surrenders and 56 arrests
and the Godavariloya sub-faction of the Praja Pratightana faction
of the CPI-ML was more or less non-existent with the surrender
of some important members on December 31.
Eight extremists, including a
Deruvada Area committee cadre of the CPI-Maoist, identified as
Nimmaka Bangaraju (34), surrendered before Police at Parvathipuram
in the Vizianagaram District. Bangaraju, a native of Kusa village
in G. L. Puram mandal (administrative unit), was involved
in several extremist activities.
Central Committee of the CPI-Maoist
has decided to constitute special teams to assassinate political
leaders of the Telangana statehood movement in a meeting held
at Bijapur in Chhattisgarh in August 2008.
A senior cadre and District committee
secretary of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Karamthota Govinda
Naik alias Sanjeevi alias Raju, was killed in an
encounter at Mullampalli village of Pullalacheruvu mandal in the
Prakasam District. However, four other Maoists managed to escape.
The Police recovered a landmine,
weighing five kilograms, which was planted by the CPI-Maoist cadres
at the forest village of Kaliveru in the Khammam District. The
landmine was laid targeting the Police officials bound for Pedamidisileru
village where the department had organised a health camp.
Three cadres of the CPI-Maoist,
including a woman, were killed in an encounter which lasted for
about half-an-hour during combing operations launched by Police
in the Aberupadu forests area of Visakhapatnam District. Later,
the Police recovered three weapons and kit bags from the encounter
A CPI-Maoist senior commander
and area committee member, identified as Darshanala Lachanna alias
Prabhakar alias Masu, surrendered to the Adilabad Superintendent
of Police (SP) Anil Kumar. According to Police sources, Darshanala,
a resident of Chirrakunta village of Mandamarri mandal,
was working in the Kattekalyan dalam in the Dantewada District
of Chhattisgarh from January 2002 and was also involved in six
The Home Minister K. Jana Reddy
said that patronage to left-wing extremists has come down and
recruitment into the extremist movement has completely stopped
in the State. People stopped sympathising with extremists. Instead,
they were supporting the Government and its policies.
Though intensified combing operations
are being carried out in the CPI-Maoist infested areas, the rapid
movements of senior CPI-Maoist cadres and CPI-ML (Janashakthi)
cadres have upset the Police's plans to completely wipe out the
Maoist movement in the Kamareddy division of Nizamabad District.
According to Police sources, the recent arrest of a commander
of the Kamareddy dalam of the CPI-ML Janashakti, Cheryala
Laxmipathi, and another cadre, Ramesh, has further strengthened
the argument that the Maoists are regrouping.
A letter purportedly written by
a CPI-Maoist leader Sudarshan alias Sriramulu Srinivas
was sent to a Legislator belonging to the Telangana Rashtra Samiti
party, T. Harish Rao, asking him to revolt against his party chief
and maternal uncle K. Chandrasekhar Rao in case the party joined
the Grand Alliance of Telugu Desam Party-Left. "TDP president
Chandrababu Naidu is an agent of the capitalist forces. He is
a staunch opponent of Telangana. Both the TDP and the Congress
have betrayed the people of the region for decades," Sudarshan
reportedly said in the letter. However, Rao has denied any such
Though intensified combing operations
are being carried out in the CPI-Maoist infested areas, the rapid
movement of senior CPI-Maoist cadres and CPI-ML-Janashakti cadres
has upset the Police's plans to completely wipe out the Maoist
movement in the Kamareddy division of Nizamabad District. According
to Police sources, the recent arrest of a commander of the Kamareddy
dalam of the CPI-ML Janashakti, Cheryala Laxmipathi, and
another cadre, Ramesh, has further strengthened the argument that
the Maoists are regrouping.
A CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Kasipoina Ravi
alias Sagar, was killed while five others managed to escape
following an encounter during the combing operation launched by
the Police at Kodishala forest area of Tadvain mandal in
the Warangal District. The slain Maoist was a native of Devannapeta
village of Hasanparthy mandal and was also a member of
Khammam-Karimnagar District committee of the CPI-Maoist.
Over 4,500 kilograms of marijuana worth nearly
INR 10 million and INR 46,000 were recovered from three people
during a search operation conducted by the CRPF personnel in the
Maoist infested Khammam District.
Two women cadres of the CPI-Maoist,
identified as Nagella Chandra Kala alias Swarnakka and
Nallakasula Alivelumanga alias Sudha were arrested by the
Police from Tenali in the Guntur District. While Swarnakka is
the commander of Maoist action team in Mahabubnagar, Sudha is
the Bhopal-based central technical committee commander. Police
suspect that the duo was trying to harbour some Maoists and spread
activities of the outfit in coastal region of the State with Tenali
as base. Police recovered some 'soap bombs' and electrical detonators
from the two arrested cadres.
After the arrest of the two commanders,
the Police now are looking into the possible ploy of Maoists to
spread their wings in the coastal region of the State.
Police arrested a cadre of the
Janashakti faction of the CPI-ML-Janashakti, identified as Javvaji
Ramesh alias Kumar, from the Ramagundam area of Karimnagar
District. A tapancha and 19 rounds of ammunition of various
weapons were also recovered from the possession of the arrested
cadre. Kumar was reportedly attempting to form a dalam
of the outfit and was resorting to extortions in the coal belt
region of the District.
A comprehensive package is being
worked out for the rehabilitation of the 113 surrendered left-wing
extremists, who came out of the extremist groups with a decision
to join the mainstream of the society in the Khammam District.
A senior CPI-Maoist cadre and
'State committee secretary' of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Konapuri
Ilaiah alias Sambasivudu, surrendered before the Police
at Begumpet in the capital Hyderabad. Sambasivudu, carrying a
INR 1 million reward on his head, was involved in several cases,
including the Balimela attack in Orissa on June 29, 2008, in which
38 Greyhounds personnel were killed and the Alipiri landmine blast
targeting the then Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu. He was
also involved in the Vempenta massacre, legislator C. Narsi Reddy's
assassination and the attack on the former Andhra Pradesh Chief
Minister N. Janardhan Reddy in Nellore.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres, identified
as Dasari Prakash alias Guddi Seshanna and his wife Shaik
Chathali alias Rajita, surrendered before the Superintendent
of Police V. Navinchand at Ongole in the Prakasam District. While
Seshanna, who was 'secretary' of the Vizianagaram District Maoist
group, carried a reward of INR 300000 on his head, Rajita, who
was an area committee member, carried a reward of INR 100000 on
Three landmines and detonators
were recovered by the Police during a search operation at Konalova
village of Addateegala mandal in the East Godavari District.
Police arrested a surrendered
senior CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Sambasivudu, in connection
with the killing of ten people, including that of Indian National
Congress party legislator C. Narsi Reddy, in the Mahbubnagar District.
As reported earlier, Sambasivudu, the State secretary of CPI-Maoist,
had surrendered to the Police on February 15.
Armed CPI-Maoist cadres stormed
into the house of a tribal youth, identified as Sode Kannaiah,
and subsequently shot him dead by branding him as a Police informer
at Surakonda village of Chintur mandal in the Khammam District.
A CPI-Maoist commander carrying
head money of INR 200000, identified as Bisetti Maheswara Rao
alias Venu/Raghava, was arrested by Police from the Vizianagaram
The CPI-Maoist called for boycotting
the forthcoming Parliamentary and State Legislative Assembly elections
alleging that both the ruling Indian National Congress party and
the Opposition Telugu Desam Party have deceived the people with
false promises. The Maoists are reportedly conducting meetings
in the Visakha agency advising the tribals against exercising
their franchise. A spokesperson of the Visakha division, Bakuri
Venkata Raman alias Ganesh, held a meeting with the tribals
in the forests of G. Madugula area recently where he asked them
to get ready for "mobile attacks" on the agency's Police Stations.
The Union Minister for Home Affairs
P. Chidambaram in a press conference at Hyderabad asked the State
Government to keep up the pressure on the CPI-Maoist and also
called for improving urban policing in view of terror threats.
"I think the Police forces have the upper hand now. Barring one
incident on the Andhra-Orissa border, where 34 people died, the
number of casualties in 2008 was among the lowest," he told.
Nine kilograms of explosive material,
48 electrical detonators, 14 non-electrical detonators, one flash
camera, a multi-meter, 16 electric switches, banners and posters
were recovered when Police unearthed a dump belonging to the CPI-Maoist
cadres at Chaparaiguda under Neelakantapuram Police Station in
the Vizianagaram District.
Five cadres, including two commanders,
of Kandapali Armed Militia belonging to the CPI-Maoist surrendered
before the Police in the Vishakhaptanam District. While the two
surrendered commanders were identified as Vantala Suresh alias
Kesab and G. L. Sibaji alias Shiba, the other three cadres
were identified as G. L. Sunder Rao alias Ashok, Vantala
Venkatrao alias Tilus and Vantala Vangrao alias
The Warangal District Police recovered
a cache of arms and ammunition belonging to the CPI-Maoist, including
11 weapons, 10 landmines and two claymore mines, 388 gelatine
sticks, 972 detonators, 280 rounds of live ammunition, party literature
and one medical kit, electrical wires, switches used in exploding
landmines, during a week long combing operation in the forest
areas of Eturunagaram, Mangapet and Kothaguda mandals of
Khammam, Karimngar and Warangal
division secretary of the CPI-Maoist, Bade Nageswar Rao, issued
a statement warning two senior Indian National Congress party
leaders, Konda Muralidhar and District Congress Committee president
G.V. Ramana Reddy, against 'illegal activities and harassing innocent
people'. He also issued a threat to a contractor who is close
The Visakhapatnam District Police
recovered five landmines near the Chintalamma Ghat road.
Five Land mines were recovered
by the Visakhapatnam District Police at Balapam village.
Two surrendered CPI-Maoist cadres,
identified as Pochaiah alias Srinivas of Medak and Rajeshwar
alias Sagar, were arrested by the Police in connection
with a case extortion of money from a person to settle a land
dispute in Cyberabad.
In the backdrop of the recovery
of arms dumps at Tadwai, Kothguda and Eturunagaram mandals
of Warangal District and the finding of wall posters threatening
people to boycott the general elections in the Venkatapuram and
Vajedu mandals in the Khammam District, the Warangal District
Police apprehends possible attack by the cadres of CPI-Maoist
during the general election scheduled to be held on April 16 and
April 23. According to the Police sources, Bade Nageswara Rao
alias Haribushan, 'secretary' of the North Telangana South
Zonal Committee of the CPI-Maoists, recently visited certain places
in the District.
Police identified 33 villages
on the Andhra Pradesh-Chhattisgarh border as being highly Maoist-affected
and consequently needing special attention during the forthcoming
election. The decision was taken in a co-ordination meeting of
the Superintendent of Police of the Maoist affected Districts
of Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh at Kothagudem in the Khammam
District of Andhra Pradesh. While, 20 of the villages were identified
in Khammam District, 13 others were in the Dantewada and Bijapur
Districts of Chhattisgarh.
Police arrested three suspects,
identified as Kumara Swamy alias Kumar, S. Chiranjeevi
and S Suresh, and recovered a cache of explosive, including 200
gelatine sticks, 200 detonators and 75 bags of ammonium nitrate,
from their possession at Manikyapur village of Vangara Police
Station in the Karimnagar District.
Eight CPI-Maoist cadres, including
its Rachakonda area committee commander, were arrested as Police
foiled a secret meeting of the Maoists during a search operation
in the reserve forest area near Venkatapuram in the Thurkapally
mandal of Nalgonda District. The arrested area committee
commander was identified as T. Yadaiah alias Kranthi and other
Maoist cadres were identified as B. Anuradha alias Jyothi,
U. Vijay alias Nagesh, B. Balaiah, V Bikshamaiah, B Veeraiah,
B Santosh, and Shaik Baba. Police also recovered some weapons
and ammunition from the arrested extremists.
As part of stepped up surveillance
to prevent untoward incidents during the general elections scheduled
to be held in April 2009, Police conducted a cordon and search
operation at Dasireddygudem, the native place of surrendered senior
CPI-Maoist cadre Sambasivudu, of Valigonda mandal in the
In Andhra Pradesh and Orissa,
where legislative Assembly elections were also held for 140 and
77 constituencies respectively, the voter turnout was 68 and 55
during Polling for Phase-II of the parliamentary elections. Chief
Election Commissioner Navin. B. Chawla told the media that he
was "extremely satisfied" with the election and it was held "without
any large incident."
CPI-Maoist cadres killed a tribal
leader from Chhattisgarh in Kaliveru village of Bhadrachalam division
in the Khammam District. The killed tribal leader has been identified
as Madakam Kasanna (45). He was in the hit list of the Maoists
for a long time and was hiding in the village for past few months.
Machavarapu Sreenu, a deputy Commander
of the CPI-Maoist's East Platoon, surrendered before the East
Godavari District Superintendent of Police at Kakinada citing
personal reasons. He has been underground for the last five years
and took part in 15 offences, most of them in Visakhapatnam District,
Police sources said.
A dalam (squad) member
of the Praja Pantha faction of the CPI-ML and a former member
of CPI-ML's Janashakthi faction were arrested near Shahinayathgunj
in State capital Hyderabad. Police sources said the arrested extremists
were planning to kill another extremist belonging to the Praja
Pratighatana faction. An axe and a sword were recovered from them.
Andhra Pradesh Home Minister K
Jana Reddy said that not more than 150-160 cadres of the CPI-Maoist
could be present in the State. Speaking to reporters after a high-level
review meeting on the post-election law and order situation at
the State Secretariat he said, "We have very effectively tackled
the Maoists over the past few years and now they have been reduced
to nothing. At best, there could be some 150-160 cadres of the
outlaws hiding underground in the state." He further said that
talks initiated by the Congress government in late 2004 proved
effective in tackling left-wing extremist menace. "Though the
talks failed, we could very effectively curb Maoist activity in
the state. Many of them have given up arms and surrendered before
the Police", he said.
Two home guards went missing after
cadres of the CPI-Maoist opened fire on them at Cheemalapadu village
of G. Madugula mandal in the Visakhapatnam District. The
two missing persons were part of a three member team who were
on a private visit to the village.
The CPI-Maoist commander of Special
Guerrilla Squad of North Telangana Special Zone Committee, Durgam
Butchaiah alias Vikram and dalam member Chinturu
Nagamani alias Swaroopa surrendered before the Karimnagar
District Police. Vikram, Police sources said, had joined the dalam
in 2001 as a member and was elevated to the rank of commander.
The CPI-ML has called for a bandh
in the Andhra Orissa border region on May 20 and 21 in protest
against the alleged fake encounters being carried out by the Andhra
and Orissa Governments. In a statement released in Visakhapatnam
the AOB special zone secretary Bhaskar said the outfit would observe
a protest week from May 15 to 21 and demanded the release of the
arrested cadres. "The Chief Ministers of both Andhra Pradesh and
Orissa are giving much priority to multinationals in the name
of development which only gave scope for exploitation of the poor",
In two separate incidents, two
tribals, including the Hukumpeta mandal president of Indian
National Congress party, were killed by the CPI-Maoist cadres
in Visakhapatnam District. While the mandal president was
identified as Korra Chittibabu, the tribal civilian was identified
as Vanthala Malathi of G.K. Veedhi mandal. According to
the SP Akun Sabharwal, a group of three Maoists attacked Chittibabu
and shot him dead near his house in Hukumpeta because belonged
to the Congress party.
Two cadres belonging to the Nallamala
platoon of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Boya Sanjeev alias
Saleem and his wife Laxmi, surrendered before the Superintendent
of Police M.K. Singh in Anantapur.
A group of 20 CPI-Maoist cadres
accompanied by 30 sympathizers after looting the house of a sarpanch,
dragged her along with her husband from their house and assaulted
them at Kumada village in Munchingput mandal in Visakhapatnam
District. The Maoists also set ablaze the house of the sarpanch,
before leaving the place. The victims were identified as Setty
Gangabhavani and her husband, a former sarpanch, S. Anjaneyulu.
Both of them belong to the Bahujan Samaj Party, the report added.
Two senior CPI-Maoist cadres,
identified as Patel Sudhakar Reddy alias Suryam alias
Srikanth and Kanugula Venkataiah, were killed during an encounter
with the Police at Gaurappa hillocks near Lavvala village in the
thick Tadvai forest area in Warangal District. The encounter took
place when one of the special party Police teams, who were pressed
into combing operations for the past two weeks, spotted a group
of Maoists camping on the top of Gaurappa hillocks near Lavvala
village in Tadvai mandal. The Police recovered one AK 47,
one 9 mm pistol, one 8 mm rifle, three kitbags, INR 20,000 in
cash and revolutionary party literature from the encounter site.
While Reddy, a native of Kurthi
Ravala Cheruvu of Maldarkal mandal in Mahabubnagar District,
was a Central Committee member, Venkataiah, a native of Inapur
village in Cheriyal mandal of Warangal District, was a
member of State Committee of CPI-Maoist and also a member of its
technical wing. Reddy was involved in a number of murder cases,
including that of former Home Minister Alimineti Madava Reddy
and senior IPS officers Umesh Chandra and Vyas. He was the mastermind
behind the assassination attempts on former Chief Ministers N.
Chandrababu Naidu and N. Janardhan Reddy. He played a key role
in the Police Station attacks of Bommala Ramaram, Thirumalagiri,
Eragondapalem, Yadagirigutta, Dindi and some other Police Stations
in the State. He was also involved in three landmine blasts at
Bandlamotu in Guntur District and Vepanagandla in Mahabubnagar
District, in which two Sub-Inspectors and 12 constables were killed.
He was also looking after the military activities in Orissa, Bihar,
Jharkhand and Maharashtra and was made member of the Central Committee.
Venkataiah, who worked in Cherial, Gerailpally and Nalgonda area
committees of the outfit in the State, was taken into the technical
wing of the outfit in 2006 and was made State committee member.
CPI-Maoist cadres killed a registered
medical practitioner, identified as B. Srinivasa Rao, after branding
him as a Police informer in Rudradam near Wazeedu in Khammam District.
Posters of the CPI-Maoist cadres
warning the Police that they would avenge the killing of Sudhakar
Reddy, the senior Maoist leader, were found pasted on the walls
at Maddigaruvu village of G. Madugula mandal of Visakhapatnam
District. As reported earlier, Reddy was killed by the Police
in an encounter at Gaurappa hillocks near Lavvala village in the
Tadvai forest area of Warangal District on May 24.
Seven left-wing extremists, including
six CPI-Maoist cadres, and one belonging to Praja Pratighatna
faction of the CPI-ML, surrendered before the Warangal District
Superintendent of Police V. C. Sajjanar.
Around 40 CPI-Maoist cadres set
ablaze a poclain, two tippers, a couple vehicles and some two
wheelers of a contractor who has been laying roads along the Andhra-Orissa
Border near Panasagondi area in Chintapalle mandal (administrative
unit) of Visakhapatnam District.
A senior leader of the CPI-Maoist,
Kondagorri Kurma Rao alias Kurranna, surrendered before
the Police in Vizianagaram District. He was a member of the Maoist
Nagavali area committee and was involved in several offences,
including the blasting of Gummada railway Station, a local development
office, and attack on Udayagiri Police Station. The Vizianagaram
Superintendent of Police, Y. Gangadhar, before whom Kurranna surrendered,
said the latter was vexed with the Maoist philosophy and wanted
to re-join the mainstream of life. He was also upset with the
CPI-Maoist leadership after having served the outfit in various
capacities since 1993, Gangadhar added.
The CPI-Maoist cadres torched
a vehicle belonging to traders at Korukonda in the Nalgonda District.
About 15 members of the Korukonda squad stopped the vehicle, broke
its diesel tank and set it ablaze destroying it. The van belonged
to a trader from Narsipatnam. In pamphlets left at the location,
the Maoists threatened four traders from Annavaram and owners
of two cinema theatres at Narsipatnam with trial in people's court.
The State Secretary of the Praja
Pratighatana faction of the Communist Party of India-Marxist Leninist
(CPI-ML Praja Pratighatana), Sudhakar alias Ashok, was
killed in an encounter with the Police in the Eturunagaram forests
near Bhupathipur village in Warangal District. Another Naxalite
(left-wing extremist) was also killed but his identity is yet
to be established. Police recovered one SLR and a 0.8 mm rifle
from the incident site. The District Superintendent of Police
V. C. Sajjanar said a special Police party ran into the Praja
Pratighatana Naxalites during a combing operation. "The Police
asked them to surrender but they didn't heed the warning and fired
at them. In the retaliatory fire, two of the Naxalites, including
Ashok, were killed while the rest escaped," Sajjanar told reporters.
Ashok was from Bayyaram village in Khammam District and had been
associated with the Praja Pratighatana for the last 10 years.
A woman Naxalite (left-wing extremist)
belonging to the CPI-ML surrendered before the Vizianagaram District
Superintendent of Police (SP), Y Gangadhar. According to the Police,
Chokkari Krishnaveni alias Santhi alias Swarupa
alias Pedda Santhi of Srikakulam District decided to come
over-ground because of health problems and ideological differences
with the party leaders. The Police claimed Krishanaveni was a
senior member in the Srikakulam division committee and was recently
made a member of the Special Zonal Committee. She is a native
of Palasapuram village in Srikakulam. It was her uncle Gangaram
alias Shankar alias Komma who reportedly inducted
her into the People's War Group in 1993. Gangaram was killed in
an encounter with the Police near Gummalakshmipuram in 2008.
The Andhra Pradesh High Court
granted conditional bail to a top leader of the CPI-ML- Janashakti
lodged in the Cherlapalli jail in capital Hyderabad. Kura Devender
alias Amar (47), the Janashakti group State secretary,
was arrested by Police from Pune in the State of Maharashtra in
April 2008 and was incarcerated in Cherlapalli jail on the outskirts
The State Government decided to
extended the ban on the CPI-Maoist and six of its affiliate organisations
for one more year. The State cabinet that met in capital Hyderabad
under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy
decided to extend the ban from August 17, 2009 to August 16, 2010,
according to a State minister. The banned outfits include the
Radical Youth League, Radical Students Union, Rythu Coolie Sangham,
Singareni Karmika Samakhya, Viplava Karmika Samakhya and All India
Revolutionary Students Federation.
The ban on CPI-Maoist and its
affiliate outfits has been continuing in the State for over six
years now, barring a few months in 2004-05 when the Rajasekhara
Reddy Government held talks with the Maoists in a bid to make
them shun violence and join the mainstream.
The State Government is reportedly
contemplating to seek the Central Government's approval for inclusion
of three more Districts in the State in the list of areas declared
as Maoist-affected. These Districts are Srikakulam, Vizianagaram
and Visakhapatnam in north Coastal Andhra bordering the State
of Orissa. At present, Khammam is the only District in Andhra
Pradesh that finds place in the list of 33 Districts across the
country which has been declared as extremist-affected. Overall,
Maoist activity has been on the decline in Andhra Pradesh, but
the Government is reportedly seeking declaration of the three
north Districts as Maoist-affected in view of the continuing activity
in areas adjoining the Andhra Pradesh-Orissa border. Chief Minister
Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy is expected to put forth a request to this
effect to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the concerned Union
Ministers during his visit to New Delhi on August 17. The move,
according to official sources, would ensure more focus on the
affected areas while enabling the State to secure more funds under
the Backward Region Grant Fund.
Four sympathisers of the CPI-Maoist
who were performing duties like couriers and extending help to
the party surrendered before the Deputy Superintendent of Police,
N. Narasimha Kishore, at Narsipatnam in the Visakhapatnam District.
All the four are from Davadagoyyi village in Koyyuru administrative
division. Among them only Panji Jyothi had been an active Maoist.
She was with the Tandava dalam (squad) for two years in
the past. Others who surrendered were identified as Pangi Prasad,
Gammela Nageswara Rao and Gammela Devadas.
The Police unearthed an arms dump
of the CPI-Maoist in the Pamidipadu forest area of Guntur District.
The recoveries included three VHF sets, two chargers, one directional
mine, 50 detonators and Maoist literature.
The Maoists resorted to barricading
of roads by felling trees in the forest pockets of Khammam District
as part of the two-day shutdown call given by them in the North
Telangana Districts opposing the opencast mining by the Singareni
collieries in the coal belt, large scale submergence by the Polavaram
project and illegal damming in the upper stretches of Godavari
River by the Government of Maharashtra. The shutdown, also backed
by the Janashakti faction of the Communist party of India-Marxist-Leninist
(CPI-M-L Janashakti), however, evoked no response in the tribal
pockets while life remained normal in the coal bet too. Superintendent
of Police Anil Kumar said the elements who were involved in barricading
the forest routes have been identified. He said some Maoists had
come from across the inter-State border for creating the obstacles
to the vehicular traffic in the forest pocket. By and large life
was reportedly normal in Bhadrachalam, Palvancha and Kothagudem
Singaboina Veerabhrahman alias
Ramu, dalam (squad) 'commander' of the CPI-ML-New Democracy operating
in Tekulapalli area in the Khammam District was arrested. Ramu,
who leads a squad of some eight members, was involved in two murders
and a number of cases related to extremist violence.
Vantala Jagannadh alias
Naresh, a 20-year old 'deputy commander' of the Gurthedu Local
Guerrilla Squad (LGS) of the CPI-Maoist, surrendered before the
Officer on Special Duty, K.V. Mohana Rao, at Narsipatnam in the
Visakhapatnam District. Naresh belongs to Valasapalli in East
Godavari District. He was the security guard for the Andhra Orissa
Border (AOB) East Division secretary Jagadish. He has been acting
as 'deputy commander' of the Gurthedu LGS since February 2007
in which position he continued till July 2009. He was also East
Division 'A' section 'deputy commander'. Citing health reasons,
he quit the squad after informing the leaders.
A militia member of the CPI-Maoist
was killed in an encounter with the Police near Jaggaram village
in the Khammam District. Police said that special parties took
up combing operations in the area following information about
Maoist activities. While the dalam (squad) managed to escape,
Madakam Bheemili, a Gothikoya youth from Chhattisgarh, was killed
in the exchange of fire.
Police exchanged fire with the
CPI-ML-Praja Pratighatana cadres at Voddugudem village under Govindaraopet
mandal (administrative unit) in Warangal District. The
incident happened when the Police went to the spot where some
dalam (squad) members of the outfit were holding a meeting
and asked them to surrender but the latter hurled a bomb at the
Police. In retaliation, the Police fired at them, but the Naxalites,
including Mohananna, State secretary of the outfit, managed to
escape. Though nobody was injured, Police recovered nine kit bags
and one locally-made revolver from the encounter site.
Six militia members of the CPI-Maoist
- Korra Mohana Rao (30), Mamidi Dhananjaya (22), Pradhna Dumburu
(21), Pongi Prasad (21), Korna Kottanna (26) and Vanthala Viswanadh
(20) - surrendered before the G.K. Veedhi Police in Visakhapatnam
District. They all belong to Valasagedda village in Sileru Police
Station limits. The surrendered Maoists were dalam (squad)
members in the Gurtheudu area in East Godavari District during
The Police arrested 10 militia
members of the CPI-Maoist from G.K. Veedhi Police Station area
in Visakhapatnam District and on information given by them, recovered
dumps at Cheedigondi, Yerragedda and Cheepurugondi villages. An
empty shell of directional mine, a steel can containing 20 gelatine
sticks, 36 detonators, an old hand grenade, electric wire bundles,
red banner cloth, adhesive tins, medicines, marker pens, notebooks,
letter pad, adhesive tins, etc. were found in the dumps.
The CPI-Maoist central committee
member, Malla Raji Reddy, was released from the Cherlapally Central
Prison on bail. He was arrested in December 2007 in Kerala. He
was charged with involvement in many criminal cases, including
murders and five landmine blasts at different places.
Seven cadres of the CPI-Maoist,
including a 'deputy commander', one armed militia 'commander'
and a 'platoon member', were arrested by Khammam District Police.
The Police also recovered three landmines, two claymore mines,
50 kilograms of gelatin and 25 metre wire bundle from them. "The
arrested are identified as K Chalamaiah, deputy commander of Chandranna
Protection platoon, K Pullaiah, the armed ultra commander from
Kurnapalli village of Charla mandal (amistrative unit) in Khammam
District and D. Raghupathi," platoon member of KKW division, Bhadrachalam
Assistant Superintendent of Police Raghunath Reddy told reporters.
K. Pullaiah participated in the September 14 State Bank of Hyderabad
robbery at Satyanarayanappuram in Charla mandal, the Police officer
said adding "He was part of the forty-member Maoist group that
committed about Rs 10 lakh robbery last month." Pullaiah is also
involved in eleven offences including four murders in Charla Police
Station limits in the past one-and-a-half years, Reddy said. The
'deputy commander' of Chandranna protection platoon K. Chalamaiah
was with Dalam (squad) for five years and participated in 12 murders
in Khammam and Warangal Districts besides in the neighbouring
Chattisgarh State, the Police officer explained. The platoon member
of KKW division D. Raghupathi participated in the triple murder
in Tallagudem Police Station limits in March 2009, he said. The
Police also arrested four armed militia members of Burugupadu
village, Reddy added.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed
a former Prathigatana dalam (squad) 'commander', Ramlal, branding
him a Police informer, in Yathnaram village of Mahamutharam mandal
(administrative division) of Karimnagar District in the night.
Reports said three armed Maoists belonging to Mahadevpur area
went to the Yathnaram village and woke up Ramlal and took him
to the outskirts on the pretext of talking to him. At the village
tank, the Maoists shot him dead by opening two rounds of fire.
The Maoists left a note warning informers to mend their ways.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist made
an unsuccessful bid to abduct a former Naxalite (left-wing extremist)
of the Prathigatana group of the CPI-ML-Prathigatana in the Saravaipeta
village under Mahadevpur mandal (administrative division)
of Karimnagar District in the night. Reports said three Maoists
went to the house of former Prathigatana dalam (squad)
member Srinivas and demanded him to escort them into the forests.
However, Srinivas is reported to have escaped under the cover
of darkness with the support of villagers. Later, the Maoists
left the village warning the Police informers to mend their ways.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed
Uke Saraiah (60), husband of Ooke Sammakka, chief of the Lingala
Panchayat (village-level local self-government institution)
under Tadvai administrative division in Warangal District. Uke
Saraiah was also a local leader of the CPI-M. Eight armed Maoists
came to Saraiah's house at midnight and asked him to come out
on the pretext of talking to him. They later assaulted him alleging
that he has been informing Police about the movement of Maoists
in and around the village. Later, they shot him dead.
A 16-year-old girl, who was a
militia member of the CPI-Maoist, surrendered before the Superintendent
of Police, Vineet Brij Lal, in Visakhapatnam. Pongi Sillo alias
Lalita was given the name of Chinnari when she was with the Galikonda
dalam (squad), belongs to the Kondu tribe and a native
of Jerrela Kotturu in G. K. Veedhi mandal (administrative
division) in the District.
Director-General of Police R.R.
Girish Kumar admitted that there was "some spurt" in Maoists'
activities in the State and assured that Police were taking adequate
steps to meet the threat. At a press conference in Hyderabad,
he said some incidents had occurred and the Police were aware
of the developments in north Telangana and on the borders of the
An action squad member of the
CPI-Maoist was killed in an encounter with Police in the Kompelli-Asnanpalli
area of Warangal District late in the night. Two other extremists,
however, managed to escape. A 9 mm pistol was recovered from the
incident site, a Police official said.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist are suspected
to be regrouping in a big way in Andhra Pradesh. The top Maoist
leadership is concentrating on reviving the movement particularly
in North Telangana. Intelligence sources claim that there is increased
movement in areas where the insurgents have sought refuge along
the North Telangana forest border with Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh
and Chhattisgarh. Sources said the CPI-Maoist is planning to restore
its strength in North Telangana by launching agitations against
open cast mines of Singareni Collieries, an issue which is likely
to have local support. Towards this end, the extremists have reactivated
its frontal organisation, the Singareni Karmika Samakya, which
has a strong presence among the coal miners.
Following intelligence reports
of active movement of Maoists in the Manthani division in Karimnagar
District, the Minister for Higher Education, D. Sridhar Babu,
along with the Member of Parliament from Peddapalli, G. Vivekanand,
Collector Sandeep Kumar Sultania and other officials cancelled
their visit to the interior Mahadevpur administrative division.
They were to participate in a medical camp organised by Rainbow,
a NGO of lady doctors of Karimnagar.
The cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed
an activist of the ruling Congress Party, K. Narasimhapur Reddy
(40), at Konapur village in the Warangal District in the early
morning. About 20 insurgents, reportedly led by the Kothaguda
'area secretary' of the CPI-Maoist, reached Konapur in the midnight
and asked Narasimhapur Reddy to follow them as they had something
to talk to him. Later, they shot him dead outside his residence
and escaped from the incident site. Reddy was a village committee
secretary of the party. The Maoists branded him as a Police informer
and killed him warning other villagers of same fate if they befriended
the Police. This is the third killing in Warangal District by
the Maoists in a month.
Two cadres of the CPI-Maoist were
killed in an encounter with the Police in the Kodavatancha village
of Warangal District. According to sources, the District's action
team commander' Manthani Raju alias Daya and Nuneti Venkatesh
alias Srinath alias Naveen were killed in the encounter
in the cotton fields at around 2.30 pm (IST). Daya belonged to
Jangedu village of Bhupalpalli mandal (administrative Unit)
and had been underground from 1994. He was carrying a head money
of INR 500,000. Action team member Venkatesh alias Srinath
belonged to Pedakomatipalli village in Mogullapalli mandal. He
earlier worked in the Praja Prathighatana outfit and after surrendering
to the Police, he subsequently joined the CPI-Maoist in 2003.
The Police recovered one 9mm carbine and one sten gun from the
Within 24 hours of the Director-General
of Police R.R. Girish Kumar's visit to the Visakha Agency area,
the CPI-Maoist blocked the Kothapalli-Pakalapalem road on the
way to Sileru on October 30 and gave a call to the people to support
the countrywide shutdown on November 4 and 5, for which the party
has given a call. In the evening of October 30, the Maoists cut
down trees and placed them on the road. They also dug up a hole
near a culvert on the road, presumably to plant a landmine. Several
handwritten posters were left at the place condemning the Government's
Operation Godavari to flush out Maoists and proposals for
aerial bombing of Maoist strongholds. The posters were in the
name of the Galikonda area committee.
A surrendered Naxalite of the
CPI-ML-Jana Shakti group, Singaram Venkata Ramana alias
Pullanna alias Sampath Reddy, who was involved in the abduction
of a contractor from Kurnool District recently, was arrested from
Kurnool and three firearms, 12 live rounds of bullets, INR 100,000
in cash, a four-wheeler and mobile phones were recovered from
him by the city Police. Venkata Ramana, who hails from Kokkerancha
village in the Kothapally mandal (administrative unit)
of Kurnool District, was residing at Shareen Nagar in Kurnool.
The first day of the two-day general
shutdown in the Visakha Agency area was peaceful and total.
The Police here sounded high alert
at Anksanpalli village of Tadicherla mandal in Karimnagar District
following reports of the intrusion of armed Naxalites into the
District from the adjoining Chhattisgarh State. Police sources
said that the specially trained and armed Naxalites from the Chhattisgarh
were eagerly waiting to commit an offence in the District to make
their presence felt. The Naxalites were moving in the forest area
of Manthani revenue division along the river Godavari with the
help of local Naxalites. The Police sources said they were shocked
to notice the Naxalites openly going to Anksanpalli village and
inquiring the whereabouts of elected representatives.
Police arrested one person, T.
Eswar, for his links with the CPI-ML- Janashakti leader Yadanna
in the Kamareddy area of Nizamabad District. According to the
Superintendent of Police (SP), M. Jagan Mohan Reddy, Eswar used
to run a taxi service in the area. He developed contacts with
the Janashakti leaders during that time and quit the travel agency
after he met with an accident five years ago. However, the Police
kept an eye on his suspicious movement and arrested him.
The Adilabad First Additional
Session Judge, S. Venkata Ramanaiah, acquitted a top CPI-Maoist
leader, Tusharkanti Bhattacharya, in the Tapalpur murder case
of November 1976. Tusharkanti Bhattacharya, who was arrested from
the State of Bihar in September 2008, was one of the prime accused
in the case and was the only one who had evaded arrest for 32
The Director General of Police,
Girish Kumar, clarified that there is no joint operation going
on with the Chhattisgarh State against the Maoists in the border
areas, reports Express Buzz. Kumar, who visited the Maoist insurgency-affected
areas in the Bhadrachalam Division on November 15, addressed media
persons at Kothagudem and said, "We are ready to face the Naxal
[Maoist] threat in our border area. Our work is to prevent the
entry of Maoists into our State but we will not enter Chhattisgarh
State." He clarified that the Andhra Pradesh Police would not
enter Chhattisgarh to participate in combing operations.
A cadre of the CPI-Maoist, Nagarjuna
Reddy (30), was shot dead by a Police combing party in an encounter
at Billalagutta near Veligallu reservoir in Galiveedu mandal
(administrative division) in the Kadapa District. The deceased
belonged to Medikurthi village in Chittoor District. Police recovered
two 0.38 revolvers, three bullets, three tin bombs, a kit bag,
four SIM cards from the encounter site. The Maoists opened fire
at a Police party which was combing the area and Police returned
fire in retaliation. Nagarajuna Reddy was killed while two others
managed to escape, the Police said.
Mohammed Hussain alias
Sudhakar, a CPI-Maoist central committee member was produced in
Adilabad court in connection with the case related to his fleeing
from Adilabad sub jail in 1988.
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres set
ablaze six vehicles belonging to the Singareni Collieries Company
Ltd (SCCL) at its open cast mine site at Dorli village in the
Tiryani mandal (administrative division) of Adilabad District
in the night. According to Bellampally Deputy Superintendent of
Police V. Bhaskar Rao, 40 armed Maoists came to the mine site
between 10.30 and 11pm (IST) and asked the third shift personnel
present near the vehicles to move away. They then set ablaze the
vehicles, including a lubricating van, a diesel bowser, a water
tanker and a lorry and two jeeps that were hired by the SCCL management.
The incident comes after a lapse of more than four-and-half years
of Maoist violence in the Adilabad District.
Koyyuru Police arrested one armed
and six basic militia members, including a woman, of the CPI-Maoist.
The arrested armed militia member Vantala Sattibabu (22) was with
the Maoists since he was 10 years old. The arrests took place
at Thotachilaka and Billupalem villages in Koyyur mandal of Visakhapatnam
Nine armed cadres, including three
women, of the CPI-Maoist set on fire a tractor and a chip mixing
machine, which were being used in laying a road near Lakshmipuram
in Munchingput mandal (administrative unit) of Visakhapatnam
District in the night. The incident happened a day before the
Maoists commenced their annual week-long People's Liberation Guerrilla
Army formation celebrations. The Maoists left some pamphlets and
a banner at the site urging people to make the celebrations a
success. They burned down the vehicle and equipment, belonging
to a private contractor, in protest against the "firing by Police
against innocent tribals at Pydipalli in Pedabayalu mandal on
November 22 and other incidents in which the tribals were killed,
the Maoists mentioned.
Three cadres of the CPI-Maoist
were killed in an encounter with special party Policemen in the
evening in the forest near Kallegaon-Pittaguda under Kerameri
Police Station limits of Adilabad District. While two of those
killed were identified as Mylarapu Adellu alias Bhaskar
alias Narsanna, Adilabad District Committee Secretary (DCS)
of the CPI-Maoist and Chippakurthi Ravi alias Sudershan,
a District Committee member, the third could not be identified
due to darkness. Some 10 others were believed to have escaped.
Adilabad Superintendent of Police P. Promod Kumar said a sten
gun, a SLR, a pistol, a manpac communication set some batteries
and blasting material were recovered from the spot. The encounter,
which took place gains significance as it comes a week after the
Maoists had burnt machinery at the Dorli open cast mine in adjacent
Tiryani mandal. Adellu, who carried a reward of INR 500,000 on
his head, had escaped a series of encounters with the Police parties
in the Jogapur forests of Asifabad in November 2005.
A pamphlet in the name of Prajaswamya
Parirakshana Samiti (PPS) surfaced in the coal belt of Adilabad
District a few days ago on an unspecified date. The pamphlet declares
that the PPS has been formed to counter the activities of the
CPI-Maoists and their sympathisers who operate under different
garbs. The PPS says the extremists now operating in the District
have come back after being driven away by people of Chhattisgarh
where they had functioned for the last three years. In order to
seek shelter, the Maoists are resorting to disturbing the peace
prevailing in the tribal areas and the coal belt for the last
three years, the period during which the Maoists had quit the
A Congress leader was severely
injured when the CPI-Maoist cadres fired at him at his residence
in Eturunagaram. According to information, five Maoists went to
M.P.P. Jadi Laxmi's house at 7.30pm (IST) and immediately opened
fire on her and her husband Rammurthy. Her husband sustained bullet
injuries in his arm and leg. The Maoists branded him as Police
informer and tried to eliminate him.
The Andhra Pradesh Police expressed
apprehension that the CPI-Maoist cadres were infiltrating the
ongoing agitation for a separate province of Telangana. They were
seizing the opportunity of the 'possible huge gathering' in the
State capital on December 10 (today) in response to the Chalo
Assembly (Go to Assembly) call given by the Joint Action Committee
of students. The Inspector-General of Police A. R. Anuradha, spokesperson
of the State Police said, "We have received Intelligence reports
that the movement has gone out of the students' hands and that
Maoists and other professional agitators are moving in. Given
such a situation, we do not wish to take any chance with law and
order problem. The Maoists already are believed to be in Dandakaranya."
Police killed a CPI-Maoist cadre,
in possession of a service revolver, in an encounter in the Dharmaram
forests, some 15 kilometers from Yellandu, in the Khammam District
at around 6am. According to reports, Vajja Rangaiah, who was accused
in three murders committed in Khammam and Warangal Districts,
was killed in an exchange of fire between a special Police party
and a Maoist dalam (squad). Other members of the dalam managed
to escape. Rangaiah, who was underground for four years, belonged
to Polaram village in the District. A service pistol that belonged
to the Chhattisgarh Police was found near his body.
The CPI-Maoist will stand by the
people of Andhra Pradesh and build up 'public pressure' as long
as the process for a separate state of Telangana is not initiated,
the Maoist politburo member Kishen said. "We will build public
pressure on the Government so that they start the process for
a separate Telangana state. The people will not allow creating
deliberate disturbance to stop statehood for Telangana," the Maoist
leader said. He claimed that 'public pressure' had similarly paid
off in case of anti-Maoist 'Operation Green Hunt'. "Union Home
Minister P. Chidambaram had to tone down 'Operation Green Hunt'
under tremendous public pressure," he said. Kishen also said that
the problem of the people of Telangana would be solved through
a 'new democratic revolution'. Maoists, he said, wanted the people
of Telangana to have their constitutional rights and protection
of their religion, culture and social customs. On the demand for
a separate state of Gorkhaland in north Bengal, Kishen said the
GJM, spearheading a movement for such a state, "should not trust
national leaders" and continue the movement. "The Gorkha leaders
withdrew the bandh trusting Chidambaram and L. K. Advani (leader
of opposition in Parliament). There is no reason to trust these
leaders. They (Gorkha leaders) should carry on with their own
political program until they succeed," he added.
The CPI-Maoist stepping up violence
in Visakha Agency area during the last one month or so could be
a tactical move, felt SP Vineet Brij Lal in Visakhapatnam. Talking
to reporters the SP said that the Maoists activity was being observed
in Pedabayalu and Munchingput mandals (administrative divisions).
This could be a new strategy of Maoists as they were mainly concentrated
and active in Orissa in the Andhra-Orissa Border (AOB) region
and to escape pressure from the Police there after the Narayanapatna
incident and another reason might be because the Andhra Pradesh
Police were now more engaged with the ongoing agitation on the
Telangana issue. During the last few incidents it was noticed
that the Maoists, who would come into Andhra Pradesh area from
Orissa and retreat after committing a crime, were foraying deeper
into the Andhra Pradesh area instead of their usual practice of
creating incidents very near the border on Andhra Pradesh side.
The Andhra Pradesh Police on their
part were conducting orientation for its forces by conducting
discussions on their operations to find out strengths and weaknesses.
Violence witnessed during some incidents during the ongoing agitation
might be related to the Maoists, he said. Visakhapatnam District
received two platoons of Andhra Pradesh Special Police force,
consisting of 60 members, and with 400 Armed Reserve and 900 civil
Policemen, the force was sufficient to deal with the present level
of agitation. On the reports that some of the Maoists leaders
were moving around in the Agency area, Brij Lal said that the
terrain in the District was their advantage and it was not possible
to establish the communication network all over the area.
The District Police released posters
as part of its campaign to contain the activities of the CPI-Maoist.
The SP released posters with photos of 48 Maoist leaders and active
dalam (squad) members in Visakhapatnam District along with details
of reward on their heads, the destruction of vehicles engaged
in laying roads in the Visakha Agency area and on the Maoists
encouraging cultivation of ganja (marijuana) by the Girijans.
During the last two years, the
Maoists disrupted work on laying of 10 roads in the Agency area
by burning the vehicles engaged in the work on the plea that the
roads were meant for bauxite mining. But the roads were in Pedabayalu,
Munchingput and G. Madugula where bauxite mining was not planned.
"This is a hypocrisy on the part of Maoists. By disrupting work
on roads, they are also denying transport facility to the Girijans,
for whom they are claiming to be fighting. They are not allowing
road laying as they are scared of losing hold over the area",
Brij Lal said. He called upon the Girijans to chase away the Maoists
when road was disrupted. Recently villagers of Boodaralla in Koyyuru
mandal did not respond to a call from the Maoists to attend a
meeting, he pointed out. The poster on Maoist leaders has photos
and details of top leaders like Ganapathi, Ganganna, RK, Jampanna,
Bhaskar, Sudhakar and some other active cadres. Reward on the
heads of these Maoists ranged from INR 12 lakhs to INR 20,000.
There are 67 underground cadres in the District. Poster on the
ganja cultivation has photos of ganja crop being raised by the
Girijans at the behest of Maoists, who the SP alleged were allowing
each Girijan family to raise 200 plants. Some Girijans arrested
recently in the ganja cases revealed that the Maoists were receiving
some cut from the traders from Kerala and Tamil Nadu who were
financing the cultivation and smuggling ganja to other parts of
the country, Brij Lal concluded.
Eight CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested
by the Chintapalli special Police party at Korukonda village in
Visakhapatnam on December 21 and the arrested were sent for remand
on December 22. According to the District Police Officer, the
eight belonged to Rollagedda village in Orissa, which is very
near to Andhra border. They were carrying Maoist party literature,
banners and other material, when they were arrested.
Two persons were arrested on charges
of assisting the CPI-Maoist in collection of party funds in the
Warangal District and INR 60 lakhwas seized from their possession,
Police said. V Veeraiah and Siddam Shetty Vykuntam were arrested
while they were handing over INR 60lakh, extorted amount from
civil contractors, to the CPI-Maoist cadre near Gangugudem village
under Eturnagaram Police Stations limits on December 25, Superintendent
of Police (SP, Warangal) Shahnawaz Qasim told PTI over
phone. Veeraiah and Siddam came to the forest abutting to Gangugudem
village to handover the extorted money to the Maoist) cadre, but
were arrested while around 12 CPI-Maoist cadres who came to collect
the amount managed to escape in the dense forests after noticing
the Police party, he said. The duo in their confession to the
Police said that they were working for the CPI -Maoist and assisting
it in extorting money, the senior Police officer added.
The Maoists came out in support
of a separate Telangana, asking the people of the region to "wage
a united militant mass struggle" to achieve the statehood. Azad,
the spokesperson of the Central Committee of the CPI-Maoist, said
in a statement that a separate state of Telangana is an "inalienable
right" of the four crore people of the region. He called for a
"united militant mass struggle" against the "fascist Congress
regime" and the "betrayers" in various political garbs to "achieve"
a separate Telangana. "Their sole fear was that any mass agitation
would become militant and slip out of their hands," Azad alleged.
Police unearthed and seized a
dump of seven wire bundles, used to make gelatin sticks, on the
outskirts of Narsimhasagar village in the District, the SP said.
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed two
tribal leaders, including the gram sarpanch (village head),
in the Komanapalli village of Khammam District.. The dead were
identified as sarpanch Kaviti Rajulu and his uncle and
former village head Kaviti Subbaiah.
The Maoists have successfully
created a parallel network working for the organisation in Komanapalli.
They had a village-level committee working for the organisation
on the lines of the 'sanghams' comprising militant supporters
floated by the Maoists in the tribal habitations of the neighbouring
Dantewada District. Four persons arrested from the village by
the Police on September 14 were identified as members of the grama
(village) committee. They all had confessed to be party to every
activity sponsored by the extremists groups in the tribal pocket.
One of the four members of the village committee, Thati Bhadraiah
arrested by the Police, had committed suicide in Warangal central
jail on November 27.
The Maoists had reportedly attributed
the arrests to the CPI-Marxist supporters in the village. Sarpanch
Kaviti Rajulu and former village head Kaviti Subbaiah, both staunch
supporters of the CPI-Marxist in the pocket, had become their
target in the episode. But the sarpanch, blamed for arrest
of the Maoist supporters, had approached the Police officials
and the elected representatives to secure their release. Though
he was successful in the mission, he failed to convince the Maoists
and hence paid the price. The Maoist raid on the village was planned
and led by Sabari area committee secretary, Mutta Mogili alias
Naresh. The armed Naxalites, who stormed the village, were accompanied
by a group of Gothikoya youths from nearby villages in Maraigudem
Police Stations (Chhattisgarh) limits. Maoists could gain a free
passage to villages on the inter-state border ever since the Police
outpost at Mallampet in Chintur mandal was shifted to Edugurallapallli
and upgraded into a Police Station. It is highly difficult to
keep track the movement of the Maoists dalams (squads)
which were indulging in sneaky attacks and retreating to Chhattisgarh
The CPI-Maoist is trying to resurface
in Andhra Pradesh in a big way, the Director General of Police
(DGP) R.R. Girish Kumar warned but assured that Police were keeping
"utmost guard and vigil". The DGP said that Police were keeping
"utmost guard and vigil" to thwart Maoists' attempts. "There is
a move (by Maoists) to resurface in Andhra Pradesh in a big way.
Any such attempt will be repulsed with all the force at our command,"
Claiming that Maoist activity
in the State had ebbed to the lowest in over a decade, the DGP
said Police remained vigilant in view of the developments in neighbouring
States. "We are monitoring their activities across the border.
We hope to reverse any effort to cross over and set up bases in
the state," said Girish Kumar. He claimed to have received information
about Maoists trying to regroup in Karimnagar, Adilabad and Warangal
Districts. Andhra Pradesh, a former stronghold of Maoists, registered
only 56 incidents of Maoist violence during 2009, against 96 last
year. The number of incidents was as high as 576 in 2005. No Policeman
was killed during 2009 while 34 Policemen were killed in 2008.
The number of civilians killed has come down to 15 from 45 in
2008. The DGP said 13 Maoists were killed, 326 arrested and 91
surrendered during 2009. He also said that there were only 13
incidents of exchanges of fire with Police in 2009 as compared
with 28 incidents in 2008. The State Police, including the elite
Grey-Hounds, has received laurels for anti-Naxalite operations,
the DGP added.
The DGP noted that not a single
Policeman was killed by Maoists in a year for the first time.
The daily, however, quoted the DGP as saying that 16 Naxalites
were shot dead in encounters by the Police, which were again the
lowest in a year. The DGP said the killing of Patel Sudhakar Reddy,
a member of the central committee of the CPI-Maoist, in an encounter
in Warangal was the biggest success of Police on Naxalite front
during 2009. The Government was examining proposals to establish
15 marine Police Stations and seven outposts keeping in view the
threat of infiltration of terrorists along the coast line.
The Visakhapatnam District Police
is on high alert in view of the January 2 bandh call given by
the CPI-Maoist in support of separate Telangana. "Though the situation
in the agency area is peaceful at the moment, we are anticipating
violence from across the border with Orissa," Superintendent of
Police Vinit Brijlal told The Hindu.