Andhra Pradesh Timeline 2016
A group of CPI-Maoist cadres have
allegedly beaten to death a Girijan, identified as Pangi
Sivayya of Boosiputtu village in Munchingput mandal of
Visakhapatnam District. According to reports reaching the victim's
home, he was taken away and beaten to death near Sariapalli, a
nearby village. He was branded as a 'Police informer'.
A TDP leader and former Sarpanch
of Jerrela Gram Panchayat in Visakha Agency of Vishakhapatnam
District, Sagina Venkataramana (32) was allegedly hacked to death
by CPI-Maoist cadres. Venkataramana was actively involved in anti-bauxite
mining agitation. A poster hung near the place and a pamphlet
left behind alleged that Venkataramana got the resolution in favour
of bauxite mining passed with forged signatures and also usurped
patta lands with forged signatures.
A grant of INR 10 billion was
approved by the UMHA for 35 worst Naxal affected districts
spread across seven States to carry out development work and augmenting
facilities to fight the CPI-Maoist. The affected areas include
16 districts in Jharkhand, eight in Chhattisgarh, six in Bihar,
two in Odisha and one each in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and
Telangana. The Ministry allocated fund at the rate of INR 280.57
million per district.
The Araku Valley Police arrested
Y. Gowri (45), an employee with Lakcon Construction Company, for
trying to supply 10 walkie-talkie sets and about one kilogram
of gold to CPI-Maoist, near Araku junction in Visakhapatnam District.
The CPI-Maoist have reportedly
set up another division in the Andhra Odisha Border to regain
their hold in the Srikakulam region in Andhra Pradesh, and Gunupur
and Gudari forest areas and Rayagada in Odisha. The new division
has been christened the Odisha-Srikakulam division, sources claimed.
| February 17
UMH Rajnath Singh reviewed Naxal
situation of AP in Visakhapatnam where he credited security agencies,
developmental programmes and policies of the State Government
for the improved scenario. He said the LWE activities across States
were restricted to 141 districts in 2015 from 162 districts in
Two CPI-Maoist cadres were killed
in an exchange of fire with a combing party comprising the Greyhounds
personnel and the Special Party of the Vishakhapatnam District
Police near Revulakota village in Koyyuru Mandal under
Mampa Police Station limits in Vishakhapatnam District. There
was no casualty on the Police side. As per reports, both the Maoists
belonged to the Galikonda 'area committee' of the CPI-Maoist.
Police recovered two 12 bore single barrel guns, some cartridges
and two kit bags containing two mobile phones, uniforms and Maoist
literature from the encounter spot.
The Andhra Pradesh State Government
is keen on deploying additional forces in strategic areas on the
Andhra-Odisha Border to check the presence of the Maoists, said
Home Minister N. Chinarajappa.
The current security situation
in Naxal violence affected States is "good" and may improve further
while parts of Odisha and adjoining areas are witnessing an increased
activity of these cadres, said CRPF DG Prakash Mishra. Asserting
that the violent activities and incidents of LWE attacks have
"come down" in the last one year, he further said the situation
still remains dynamic and sustained Police action along with development
activities have to go in tandem to keep the LWEs under check.
"If you go by the overall activities in the Left Wing Extremism
(LWE) affected states, I would say the situation is good. Their
(Naxals) activity has come down," Mishra, who will be retiring
at the end of this month (February), said while interacting with
reporters. The DG added while States like Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand
and Bihar have been the focus areas of anti-LWE operations largely
led by CRPF, some hinterland areas of Odisha and its border with
Andhra Pradesh have recently seen a rise in LWE activities. "While
situation on the LWE front has drastically improved, these new
developments (along Andhra-Odisha border) need to be checked,"
DG Mishra added.
The Buttayigudem Police arrested
three members of a CPI-Maoist militia in the forest area near
Upparella in West Godavari District, and recovered from them a
country-made gun and bullets. The trio - Sagar Babu, Dharmanna
and Somaraju - confessed to their membership in the Chandranna
dalam of the CPI-Maoist.
The CPI-Maoist has given a bandh
call on March 7, 2016, in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Dandakaranya
regions, condemning the encounter on Telangana-Chhattisgarh border
in which it lost eight armed cadres. Jagan, the party official
representative from Telangana State, has issued a statement that
was circulated to all the local media offices in which he has
said that the Police caught hold of the unarmed women and tortured
them before killing them. He further said "The Chief Minister
said that there will be no encounters in separate Telangana. But
he is trying to eliminate naxals through the same means. Both
the KCR and Modi governments have started Operation Red Hunt."
In an official release, the Central
Government has said that eight of the 10 districts in Telangana
are LWE affected. The Districts named are Adilabad, Karimnagar,
Khammam, Medak, Mahbubnagar, Nalgonda, Warangal and Nizamabad.
Only the two urban districts of Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy have
been excluded from the list. Incidentally, among the 106 Districts
declared as LWE-affected, eight districts of Andhra Pradesh also
figure - Anantapur, East Godavari, Guntur, Kurnool, Prakasam,
Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram. "By this reckoning,
16 of the 23 districts of erstwhile united Andhra Pradesh are
hit by Naxalite violence. How could this be possible?" wondered
a senior police official. Commenting on the report Telangana DGP
Anurag Sharma said "I can react to the development only after
I see the central communication. As far as the state is concerned,
only Adilabad, Karimnagar, Warangal and Khammam are left-wing
extremism affected districts."
CPI-Maoist cadres of Galikonda
'area committee' killed a tiles trader, identified as Gundu Rao,
near Kumkumpudi of G.K. Veedhi mandal in the Vishakhapatnam
Agency area of Vishakhapatnam District. Rao is the husband of
former Mandal Parishad Territorial Constituency (MPTC) member
Chandrakala of G.K. Veedhi. Reports said that the Maoists, after
killing the trader by slitting his throat, left a note stating
that Rao associated himself with the anti-Maoist wing of the District
Police and was passing on information about the party.
Fifty-three people were executed
by the CPI-Maoist after 'kangaroo courts' found them 'guilty'
in the five worst Naxal-hit states of the country in the
last three years. According to UMHA statistics, 18 civilians were
killed following the directives of 'kangaroo courts' or 'Jan Adalats'
in 2015 for being alleged 'Police informers' or "for not believing
in Maoist ideology". During 2015, 41 'Jan Adalats' were held by
Naxal cadres in five LWE affected states, Andhra Pradesh (1),
Bihar (6), Chhattisgarh (14), Jharkhand (14) and Odisha (6). Altogether
15 civilians were executed in 2014 following orders of 54 'Jan
Adalats' and 20 civilians were killed in 2013 under the directives
of 63 'Jan Adalats'
In 2016, till February 15, two
'Jan Adalats' have been held in Chhattisgarh. While nearly one
lakh paramilitary personnel continued to be deployed in LWE-affected
areas, the 10 Naxal-hit states; Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh,
Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Telangana, West
Bengal and Uttar Pradesh, saw 226 deaths in 1,088 incidents of
violence perpetrated by Maoists in 2015. In 2015, of the 226 deaths,
168 were civilians and 58 were SF personnel. As many as 89 Maoists
were also killed and 1,668 were arrested and 570 cadres surrendered
before authorities during the year.
17 people were abducted by the
Naxals in the first two months of this year (2016) and they killed
five of them, the UMHA informed the Lok Sabha. Of this,
Jharkhand has the highest number of abductions and killings. While
there were eight abductions in Jharkhand, two of them lost their
lives at the hands of the CPI-Maoist. Chhattisgarh followed with
four abductions and two killings. Last year (2015), there were
115 incidents of abduction by Maoists in which 62 people lost
their lives. Chhattisgarh had the highest number of incidents
at 39 followed by Jharkhand at 30.
53 people were executed by the
Maoists after Jan Adalats found them "guilty" in the five
worst LWE-hit States of the country in the last three years. Even
as security agencies claim that the LWE spread in the country
is shrinking, as per UMHA statistics, 18 people were killed following
the directives of "kangaroo courts" in 2015 for being alleged
Police informers or "for not believing in Maoist ideology." During
2015, 41 "Jan Adalats" were held by LWES in five LWE-affected
States of Andhra Pradesh (1), Bihar (6), Chhattisgarh (14), Jharkhand
(14) and Orissa (6). In 2014, Government statistics show that
15 people were executed following orders of 54 "Jan Adalats" and
20 people were killed in 2013 under the directives of 63 "Jan
Two CPI-Maoist cadres, one carrying
a reward of INR 400,000 on her head, and another INR 100,000,
surrendered before Vishakhapatnam District SP Koya Praveen. They
have been identified Gemmeli Bundo alias Kamala alias
Rasso (26), associated with Jana Natya Mandali and Vanthala
Saalu alias Balayya (19), a member of the Galikonda 'area committee.'
The former surrendered due to health problems and the latter because
he found life difficult in the party.
A CPI-Maoist cadre, identified
as Madivi Devayya alias Vinod alias Deva (24), member
of the Sabari Dalam, surrendered before East Godavari District
Police. He declared that he wants to lead a peaceful life in public
and also want to end underground activities.
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres killed a civilian,
identified as Koothudi Venkata Rao, of Jakaravalasa at D. Thadivalasa,
a hamlet under Kurukutti panchayat in Salur Agency of Vizianagaram
District. He was killed on the charges of being a 'Police informer'.
Naxal activities continue to be a matter
of concern with 35 Districts in seven states being badly-hit,
according to the annual report of the UMHA for 2015-16. "Left
Wing Extremism (LWE) remains an area of concern for internal security
of the country," the report submitted to Parliament said. While
106 Districts in 10 States are affected by CPI-Maoist activities
in varying degrees, 35 Districts in seven states are the most
affected. "CPI (Maoist) continues to be the most potent among
the various LWE outfits in the country and accounts for more than
80 per cent of total LWE violence incidents and resultant deaths,"
the report said.
The murder of a tribal farmer by CPI-Maoist branding
him as a 'Police informer' at Jarikavalasa village in Vizianagaram
District sparked a protest. P. Venkat Rao, the deceased, was a
tenant farmer and he had no connections with the Police, the protesters
Andhra Pradesh Greyhounds with assistance from
Malkangiri District Police of Odisha from the other side of the
border have launched a sudden and massive combing operation on
the Andhra-Odisha border. Police sources claimed movement of Naxals-
was spotted on the AOB and that the elite force has ventured deep
to nab them.
A 40-year old former cadre of the CPI-Maoist was
reportedly taken into custody at Thallayapalem in Thullur mandal
in Guntur District of Andhra Pradesh by special party Police.
The woman Maoist identified as Bhootam Annapoorna alias
Aruna had come to the village to see her relatives when Police,
who got wind of her whereabouts, picked her up. Aruna had been
an active Maoist and had worked in dalams at Julakallu
village in Piduguralla mandal for many years, it was learnt.
Guntur Police have, however, refused to confirm the arrest.
One CRPF trooper was injured when CPI-Maoist cadres
triggered a series of landmines targeting the SF personnel on
a combing operation in Rudakota area of Pedabayalu mandal
in the Visakha agency in Visakhapatnam District of Andhra Pradesh.
The injured trooper was identified as radio operator of the 198
battalion head constable Srinivas Sahu (40) of Odisha. Sources
said four to five explosions of IEDs were heard at around 8.30
am 5 kilometres away from Rudakota area, which was followed by
gunfire. CRPF personnel retaliated with light machine gun fire.
A platoon of 25 to 30 CRPF personnel was moving from Rudakota
area to Munchingput when the incident took place.
A top leader of the CPI-Maoist, Kudumula Venkata
Ramana alias Ravi, died of jaundice at a city hospital
in Visakhapatnam District of Andhra Pradesh. Ravi was member of
the AOBSZC and 'commander' of first company of party's CRC that
was responsible for many operations in the area. He had reportedly
planned many attacks on the Police and destruction of property.
Ravi carried a reward of INR 2 million on his head. Ravi was reportedly
brought to the city from a place beyond Sapparla in Chintapalli
mandal in the morning but was already dead, according to
information available with the Police, SP Koya Praveen said. Ravi,
a native of Kommangi village in Chintapalli mandal joined
the Maoist party in 1998 soon after completing high school. He
rose in the party ranks to become one of its top leaders and military
strategist. He married Kumari, a party member.
The Visakha Rural Police reportedly arrested
Galikonda 'area committee member' of the CPI-Maoist, Vantala Checchu
alias Vasanta (33) of Bonangipalli in GK Veedhi mandal
in Visakhapatnam District of Andhra Pradesh, a couple of days
ago. Vasanta is the wife of senior leader and 'divisional committee
member' Krishna. Vasanta has been suffering from various ailments.
According to sources, she had been staying at her native village
for some time to avail medical treatment. After learning this,
the rural Police went to the village and took her into custody.
Vasanta was arrested by combing parties at Janbai in the cut-off
area in Malkangiri District of Odisha five years ago. However,
she had managed to escape from custody.
The Yetapaka Police of East Godavari District
arrested two CPI-Maoist cadres. Presenting them before the media,
S. Raviprakash, SP, said that Kaluma Lakuma (26) alias Ravi of
Guthikoya community and a native of Vissapuram village and Kaluma
Raja (30), also from the same village, were arrested in the Jaggaram
forest area while moving under suspicious circumstances.
The Andhra Pradesh State Police Housing Corporation
Limited is constructing 14 LWE attack proof Police Stations in
LWE-affected areas in the State, said Corporation Chairman Ravulapati
Seetarama Rao. "LWE police stations are attack-proof stations.
AP Police Housing Corporation is utilising the services of experts
in designing and constructing LWE stations," said Rao. The corporation
has taken up 16 LWE stations, of which two were completed in Guntur
District. Fourteen are in different stages in Visakhapatnam, East
Godavari, Kadapa and Guntur Districts. "The attack proof police
station buildings are equipped with roof top sentry, sentry points,
electrical fence, compound walls, one generator, rest rooms for
Station House Officer, Sub Inspectors and women staff, waiting
halls, bell of arms and other facilities. Attack proof stations
were being constructed at Addateegala, Rajavommangi, Donkarayi,
Rampachodavaram and other Naxal-affected areas," the Corporation
A CPI-Maoist 'area committee' member identified
as Korra Gasi alias Jhansi (27) of Koyyuru area in Visakhapatnam
agency and militia members Buturi Appa Rao (45) and Velusuri Lakshmaiah
(30) surrendered before Police in Visakhapatnam District. Jhansi
was the 'area committee' member of East Visakha Joint Division,
and primarily worked in Andhra Odisha Border areas. Ill-health
has been cited as the reason for their surrender. Having knowledge
of nursing, she also served as part-time medic in the outfit.
According to Jhansi, many other cadre members were suffering from
ill-health and are being denied proper medical attention by the
Maoists leadership. "A few more are likely to surrender in the
coming days," she said.
Andhra Pradesh DGP J.V. Ramudu has said that there
was no presence of CPI-Maoist cadres in the capital area of Amaravati.
Speaking after laying a stone for the construction of a Police
Conference Hall at Mangalagiri, he rubbished reports on the movements
of Maoists in the capital region.
Three CPI-Maoist cadres were killed in an encounter
with Police in Marripakala forests under Visakha Rural Agency
area in Visakhapatnam District. The encounter took place when
a team of Andhra Pradesh Special Police Force personnel was conducting
a combing operation in the area under Koyyuru Police Station limits.
The Maoists opened fire at the team and Police retaliated, said
Babujee Attada, ASP, Operations, Visakha Rural. As per preliminary
information, three Maoists were gunned down by Police whereas
the other Maoists managed to escape with injuries, Attada said,
adding an assault rifle was recovered from the spot. Though the
identity of the deceased is yet to be established, one of them
is suspected to be a 'commander' of the Galikonda Area Committee
of the CPI-Maoist, the ASP said. It is believed that one of the
slain Maoist to be dalam (armed squad) 'commander' Gopal alias
Azad, adds Indian Express. Gopal carried a reward of INR 400,000
on his head. However, the three are yet to be officially identified.
The East Division Committee of the CPI-Maoist
has called bandh on May 16 in protest against what it called the
"killing" of one of its 'top' leaders and Galikonda 'area committee
secretary' Azad and committee members - Anand and Kamala - in
the Marripakala forest area near Palasamudram of Koyyuru mandal
of Vishakhapatnam District in Andhra Pradesh. The 'committee',
in a press release alleged that the 'Greyhounds', on information
provided to the Special Intelligence Branch by "anti-people" elements,
surrounded the party members and shot them dead.
The bodies of three slained CPI-Maoist cadres,
identified as Azad, Anand and Parvatakka alias Ramulamma,
killed in an encounter in Marripakala forest area under Mampa
Police Station limits in Koyyuru of Vishakhapatnam District are
being brought to Koyyuru. Azad, a senior leader of the CPI-Maoist's
east division committee and 'secretary' of the Galikonda area,
belongs to Karakavanipalem near Pendurthi on the city outskirts,
Anand is a senior leader of the 'area committee' and was from
Koyyuru mandal while Parvatakka, a dalam member, was from Bonangipalli
in GK Veedhi mandal, according to preliminary reports which
are yet to be confirmed. The Greyhounds personnel that took part
in the encounter had recovered an AK 47 riffle, three SLRs and
a pistol along with seven kit bags. The group of Maoists was resting
when the Greyhounds attacked them, it was reported. Azad, whose
real name is Gopal, was from a family of Maoists. He had joined
the party when he was in the college. His elder sister Aruna is
at present with the Maoist party's Srikakulam-Koraput divisional
committee and his father Lakshmana Rao, who lives in Karakavanipalem,
is said to be a Maoist sympathiser.
Intelligence sources confirmed that the CPI-Maoist
cadres have constituted an Action Team and conducted 'recce' in
the capital area of Andhra Pradesh a few days ago. The Guntur
Police arrested a woman Maoist leader identified as Bhutam Annapurna
alias Aruna, who came to the capital region on the pretext of
taking treatment last month (April). Through some organisations,
which are fighting against the government for allegedly destroying
greenery along Krishna river bund and in getting suitable compensation
to the land losers, Maoists are trying to meet some farmers and
those who are feeling distressed. A top Police officer said there
are no underground activities in the capital region but there
was information on movement of Maoists in Krishna and Guntur Districts.
Instructions have been given to the VIPs not to move in villages
without giving prior information to the Police, he said. "We have
information about the Maoists working with some frontal organisations
and some like-minded people in Krishna and Guntur districts. Some
sympathisers are helping naxalites in spreading their network
and an alert has been sounded in this regard," the officer said
The bandh called by the CPI-Maoist in the East
Division passed of peacefully and evoked partial response. The
strike was called in protest against the alleged fake encounter
by the SF personnel at Marripakalu in Koyyuru mandal in
Visakha Agency on May 4 in which three Maoists including Galikonda
'area committee secretary' VRL Gopal alias Azad were killed. Shops
and other commercial establishments remained close in GK Veedhi
mandal and some interior parts of other mandals.
Buses and private vehicle operators also suspended services to
the mandal but both public and private transport vehicles operated
in Chintapalli, Paderu, G Madugula, Pedabayalu and Munchingput
Maoist leaflets on alleged atrocities by the SFs
surfaced at RV Nagar in GK Veedhi mandal in Vishakhapatnam
District. The Maoists said their armed cadres were killed in a
one-sided firing at Marripakalu and warned the security personnel
that they would pay the price for the fake encounter. On their
part, Police authorities claimed that the bandh was a failure
and that the extremists are alienated from the local people.
With the recent combing operations and encounters
by the SF personnel breaking into the CPI-Maoist strongholds,
members of the AOBSZC as well as the CPI-Maoist are reportedly
initiating efforts to strengthen their rank and file. According
to sources, the CPI-Maoist 'central committee' wants to give a
new lease of life to the movement in the AOB areas by deploying
leaders from their Telangana committee as well as armed platoons
from Chhattisgarh. "Those likely to take charge in AOB include
Jalandhra Reddy alias Krishna from Chhattisgarh and Bakuru
Venkata Ramana alias Ganesh from Odisha. East Godavari
and Visakha borders are important to the naxals as they border
Chhattisgarh and Malkangiri district of Odisha," a senior official
involved in anti-Maoist operations said, adding "They need link
with Odisha to safeguard their teams and also receive guidance
from top rank naxals." New leaders are expected to take charge
from 'secretary' of the East Division Pratapareddy Ramachandra
Reddy alias Chalapati.
In major setbacks in the recent past, the Maoists
lost one of their key leaders and People's PLGA top leader Kudumula
Venkata Rao to illness, while three Maoists including Galikonda
area committee 'secretary' Azad died in a recent encounter with
SF. Following these developments, the Maoists in the AOB areas
reportedly sent a message to their central leadership seeking
urgent reinforcements, the sources said, adding that their central
committee member Katakam Sudarsan alias Anand may visit
the AOB soon to meet the leaders. The East Division has only two
area committees - Galikonda and Korukonda. Maoist 'commander'
Sarath's death in the hands of the local people one and a half
year ago in Korukonda, and the recent construction of the Rallagedda
outpost weakened the Maoist movement in the area.
An 'area committee' member of the east Visakha
joint division of the CPI-Maoist identified as Vanthala Vasantha
alias Cheechu alias Jyothi who carries a reward of INR 400,000
on her head, and three militia members, each with a reward of
INR 100,000, have been arrested by the Vishakhapatnam District
Police. Vasantha was with Malkangiri area committee in Odisha
and her pleas to let her leave the party on health grounds were
not accepted. She was arrested at Valasagedda under Duppalaguda
Panchayat in G.K. Veedhi mandal under Sileru Police Station limits
when she came out for treatment. Militia member Pongi Sattibabu
alias Gorlemetta Sattibabu of Boodaralla in Koyyuru mandal and
Pongi Kameswara Rao alias Vamsi of Pokalapalem village under Boodaralla
Panchayat were arrested near Chintavanipalem under Mampa Police
Station limits in Koyyuru mandal and Gemmeli Govinda Rao of Peddurugondi
village in GK Veedhi mandal was arrested at Teemalabanda village
in G.K.Veedhi mandal.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres, identified as 'deputy commander'
of JNM, a cultural wing of Maoists, M. Kalavathi alias Bhavani
alias Santakka of Anantapuram District and Galikonda 'area committee
member' K. Lakshmi of GK Veedhi mandal were taken into custody.
Both the Maoists are being interrogated by the Visakha rural Police
in Visakhapatnam District. Sources said both the women were undergoing
treatment at a hideout in Chitrakonda area of Malkangiri District,
close to Visakha District borders, at the time of the arrest.
However, other sources said both surrendered at Malkangiri and
were brought to Visakhapatnam.
Three women CPI-Maoist cadres including a 'divisional
committee leader' who carried a reward of INR 800,000 on her head
surrendered before the Visakha Rural Police in Visakhapatnam District.
Divisional committee leader Kudabala Lakshmi alias Sarita
(29) of Chamagedda village in GK Veedhi mandal 'area committee
member' Bonangi Ramulamma alias Bharati alias Saroja of Labadampalli
village in GK Veedhi mandal and Tambelu Tummu alias
Vijaya (24) of Tartal village in G Madugula mandal had apparently
decided to surrender due to severe oppression by the SFs, ill
health and differences with senior leader and east division secretary
The Visakha Rural Police have launched a poster
campaign highlighting the rewards that one can get by disclosing
the where about of top Naxal leaders in the agency area and AOB.
The posters have appeared in various villages of Koyyuru, GK Veedhi,
and Chintapalli mandals (administrative unit) at a time when the
CPI-Maoist are struggling to regain foothold in the east division
following encounters and loss of men in the past one year.
At least 76 Naxals were killed and 665 arrested
by SF personnel in the LWE-hit areas in the first four months
of 2016, Home Ministry officials said. SF have achieved greater
success in tackling LWEs in recent times and there was 30 per
cent decline in violence perpetrated by the Maoists this year
(2016). Altogether, 76 CPI-Maoist cadres were killed between January
and April this year in comparison to 15 killed in the corresponding
period of 2015. As many as 665 Maoists were arrested and 639 surrendered
in the first four months of 2016 whereas 435 LWEs were arrested
and 134 surrendered in the corresponding period of 2015, a Home
Ministry official said. In 2015, 226 people died in 1,088 incidents
of violence perpetrated by the LWEs. Of the 226 deaths, 168 were
civilians and 58 security personnel. As many as 89 Maoists were
also killed and 1,668 were arrested and 570 cadres surrendered
before authorities last year. "The decline in violence can be
attributed to many reasons such as greater presence of security
forces across the Left Wing Extremism-affected states, loss of
cadres and leaders on account of killing, arrests, surrender and
desertions, better monitoring of development schemes in affected
areas and insurgency fatigue among the Maoist cadres," the official
said. While 106 districts in 10 states are affected by Maoist
activities in varying degrees, 35 districts in seven states are
considered to be worst hit. According to a recent Parliamentary
Standing Committee report, Naxal activities continue to be a matter
of concern with 35 districts in seven states being badly-hit.
"CPI (Maoist) continues to be the most potent among the various
LWE outfits in the country and accounts for more than 80 per cent
of total LWE violence incidents and resultant deaths," the report
A hardcore CPI-Maoist cadre, one among the seven
Maoists and 20 under trials who had fled the Chaibasa jail in
December 2014, was arrested from a construction site in Visakhapatnam
District. A team of West Singhbhum Police, which had gone to Visakhapatnam
three days ago, brought arrested Maoist Chakro Chaki back to the
town this morning (June 14) and produced him in a local court,
which sent him back to Chaibasa Divisional Jail.
CPI-Maoist 'central committee' has given a call
for celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Naxalbari armed
uprising, centenary of the Russian revolution and the bicentenary
of the birth of Karl Marx. In a 10-page statement, the 'general
secretary' of the CPI-Maoist, Muppala Lakshman Rao alias Ganapathi,
said that all the party units should make "preparations, put maximum
efforts and issue calls to the vast masses to actively and energetically
participate in these celebrations". He called upon his party cadre
to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Naxalbari uprising from
May 23 to 29, 2017, the centenary of the Bolshevik Revolution
from November 7 to 13, 2017 and Karl Marx birth bicentenary from
May 5 to 11, 2018. If, for any reason, it was not feasible to
conduct these events on the above mentioned dates, Ganapathi said,
they could be organised in other time of the years of the anniversaries.
"It is to be expected that the enemy will try to create all kinds
of hurdles everywhere to prevent us from organising these anniversaries,
be it in the urban or rural areas. We should be prepared for this
and make realistic and practicable plans to conduct these programmes
successfully in spite of disruptionist efforts", the statement
said. The Maoist party also said that efforts should be made to
organise at least one international programme in any of the Indian
cities on a date agreeable to all participants. As part of these
celebrations, the party has also sought publication of books,
booklets and collection of articles for enhancing the understanding
The CPI-Maoist has reportedly held a review meeting
headed by the AOBSZC members at the AOB a couple of days ago.
Senior AOBSZC members like Dubasi Sankar alias Mahender and Narayana
Swamy alias Damodar reportedly attended the meeting that assessed
the present situation in the East Division and alleged differences
among the cadres and leaders, sources said. The meeting was held
in the wake of severe blows in the form of arrests, surrenders
and encounters. As per information available, the Maoist leadership
is planning to bring Kakuri Pandanna alias Jagan, a tribal leader,
as the 'chief' of East Division. Pandanna was the security head
of central committee member Ramakrishna alias RK.
The CPI-Maoist warned their former colleagues,
who had surrendered to the Police, of dire consequences if they
ventured out of their villages in the next three years. The Maoists
leaders gave the warning during a praja people's court conducted
on the Koyyuru-GK Veedhi borders in Visakha agency.
In a bid to win over the people in the Vishakhapatnam
agency areas of north Andhra Pradesh, the CPI-Maoist cadres are
now visiting the bordering areas of Vizianagaram and some parts
of Srikakulam District in plainclothes and holding meetings on
the State Government's apathy towards the villagers' problems
related to land and local issues. Following severe loss of cadre
and ammunition dumps, the Maoists are making their moves carefully.
The AOBSZC leaders' recently held meeting with the East Division
Maoists would also bring about a change in the attitude of the
Maoists in Visakha Agency and East Godavari, sources said. "Locals
are surprised to see naxals visiting their villages without wearing
their usual olive green uniforms. A team of 4-5 naxals visit the
villages first to ensure that combing parties are not in the vicinity
and then the leaders arrive at the village to conduct meetings.
This has been going along the bordering areas for the past few
weeks," said a senior Police officer on conditions of anonymity.
Even their style of interacting with the people has changed and
they are now mingling with the people in a friendly manner, he
Srikakulam-Koraput division committee 'deputy
commander' VR Chaitanya alias Aruna was spotted holding meetings
with locals at the bordering villages of Kotia and Narayanpatna
in Koraput District. According to the sources, the Maoists are
now totally focused on organisational activity -- mainly educating
the people on various issues to help raise their voice against
government authorities and elected representatives. Srikakulam-Koraput
division 'commander' Chamala Krishna Murthy alias Daya has also
been busy near the bordering areas of Araku, the sources added.
The East Godavari District Police averted a major
disaster by defusing three landmines planted by the CPI-Maoist
cadres near Yedugurrallapalli village. Two of the three landmines
were planted long ago, it is said.
Two members of the Korukonda 'area committee'
of the CPI-Maoist along with a 'deputy commander' of the area
committee's militia and six armed militia members of the Galikonda
'area committee' have surrendered before Visakhapatnam District
SP Rahul Dev Sharma. Area committee members Muvvala Krishna alias
Ganesh and Seendri Nagesh carried a reward of INR 100,000 each
on their head.
Admitting that the Naxal movement has received
serious setbacks in recent times in the form of encounter deaths
and surrender of leaders, East Division 'secretary' Pratap Reddy
alias Ram Chandra Reddy alias Appa Rao alias
Chalapati said SFs personnel have made quite a few strikes but
claimed that the 'people's movement' has not been suppressed and
will bounce back. While giving an interview in the interiors of
the AOB on the eve of the Martyr's Week Chalapati said like their
comrades elsewhere in the country, the LWEs of the East Division
too need to change the strategy to match the changing socio-economic,
political and global scenario.
The Government at the Centre is set to reduce
the number of CPI-Maoist affected Districts in the country by
about a fifth. A senior UMHA official has said that approximately
20 of the 106 Districts which have been described as being Maoist-affected
and are part of the 'Red Corridor' may soon no longer be part
of the list. This exercise, under way now for two years, is being
done for the first time since 2006, when the Maoist-affected Districts
were identified and graded on the basis of their violence profile.
The names of the Districts and the reasons for being considered
to be taken off the list have been communicated to the States
and a response is awaited. Of these, 44 Districts are said to
be the worst-affected. India has a total of 683 districts.
In a bid to make its call for observance of 'Martyrs
week' from July 28 to August 3 a success, the CPI-Maoist cadres
allegedly laid a virtual siege to the Ramachandrapuram-Ankannagudem
stretch of the Bhadrachalam-Venkatapuram main road for a couple
of hours and planted explosives in a plastic bucket on the roadside.
This comes close on the heels of the wall poster campaign launched
by the Maoists in the remote border villages along the restive
inter-State border with Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. Sources
said that Maoists reportedly blocked vehicular traffic by tying
a rope between two trees from one end of the road to the other
and planting two plastic buckets on either side of the main road.
CPI-Maoist cadres kidnapped and killed a pastor
branding him as a 'Police informer' in Chinturu mandal
of East Godavari District. The Police said 25 Maoists visited
Lakshmipuram village of Nellipaka mandal near Chinturu
on July 29 night and enquired about Vooraka Maraiah (45), a pastor.
They woke up his family and took Maraiah along with them. After
three hours, Maraiah's body, with hands tied to the back, was
found at the junction of the village. It bore stab and bullet
Security personnel in Visakha Agency heaved a
sigh of relief as 'Martyrs Week' observed by CPI-Maoist passed
off incident free. "This year, Maoists did not indulge in any
violent or destructive activity during the Martyr's Week. They
were aware of the combing parties and kept low," a senior Police
official said in Visakha Agency. However, in East Godavari District,
the Maoists killed a priest in a church after branding him as
'Police informer' during the week. But Police could not prevent
the Maoists from holding meetings. In fact, Maoist 'central committee'
member Akkiraju Haragopal alias RK alias Saketh
resurfaced at Sanyasiguda cut-off area in neighbouring Malkangiri
District of Odisha to participate in the activities along with
Malkangiri-Koraput border division 'secretary' Gajarla Ravi alias
Uday during the 'Martyrs Week'. Pappuluru area committee also
observed 'Martyrs' Week' at Pappluru forest in Malkangiri District.
The Maoists also paid tributes to their 'martyrs'
at Injari panchayat in Pedabayalu mandal where 'commander'
Kiran alias Manganna inaugurated a pylon. Some cadres including
'commander' Naveen and division committee leader Kakuri Pandanna
were present at Garimanda village in Koyyuru mandal. Commenting
on these incidents an officer involved in the anti-Maoist operations
said "Maybe they are protecting their members as they do not wish
to lose their cadres in another encounter. We have clear information
about their movement in the Visakha agency." The Police were anticipating
retaliation to the encounter at Marripakalu-Palasamaudram area
near Puttakota in Koyyuru mandal on May 4, 2016 in which three
senior cadres including Galikonda area committee 'secretary' Azad
Naxalism showed varying trends in Andhra
Pradesh during the last two years while it declined in Telangana
during the same period, the Rajya Sabha was informed. In a written
reply, Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Gangaram Ahir
said ''In 2014, 18 Naxal incidents were reported in Andhra Pradesh
in which four deaths occurred and same year 14 incidents took
place in Telangana in which five deaths were reported.'' In 2015,
35 Naxalite incidents came to light in which eight deaths took
place in AP and the same year two deaths happened in Telangana
in 11 incidents of extremism. In 2016 (up to July 15), 12 cases
of extremism took place in AP in which five people died and in
Telangana five cases came to the fore with no deaths,'' the Minister
CPI-M legislator Sunnam Rajaiah, in a statement,
condemned the alleged kidnap by the CPI-Maoist, of five tribal
villagers from Pega village of Chintoor mandal in East
Seven militia members of the Korukonda area committee
of the CPI-Maoist surrendered to Inspector of Chintapalli Police
Circle Ch. Rudra Sekhar at the District Police Office in Visakhapatnam
District of Andhra Pradesh. The surrendered members are identified
as K Chinnabbai (32), K Ram Murthy (52), V Raju (43), V Ram Babu
(31), V Krishna Rao (21), K Buddu Naidu (36) and K Ravi (25).
All of them are Girijans and are natives of Cheruvuru village
under Balapam panchayat in Chintapalli mandal. They
were involved in incidents such as taking over coffee plantations
of the APFDC in Balapam panchayat in 2011, famine raid in Balapam
in 2013, destruction of the house of Gemmeli Sanjiva Rao in Veeravaram
and Essar pipeline between Cheruvuru and Diguvajanabha in 2015,
and attending a meeting organised by the Maoists as part of the
Martyr's Week this year, a press release from the DPO said.
The CPI-Maoist have floated six new front organisations
in Andhra Pradesh to infiltrate mass agitations like the one for
capital area farmers' rights and Bhogapuram land losers issues,
according to State and Central Intelligence agencies. As guerrilla
squads have weakened and their capability to carry out attacks
has been almost neutralised by the Police, the extremists are
focusing on front organisations. Fronts which were defunct or
had become inactive have been activated. A top official of anti-Maoist
intelligence said, "We have information that Maoists have floated
six new front organisations on Amaravati farmers' rights issues
in land acquisition and land pooling areas. Apart from that they
have also used the death of Rohith Vemula at the Hyderabad Central
University to strengthen themselves under the pretext of fighting
caste oppression." "Intelligence has found that top Maoist leaders
are in touch with the frontal groups. Their recruitments have
come down. So they are trying to focus on universities and colleges
particularly in Nellore and Ongole by raking up the issue of Rohith
Vemula. At the 2015 plenary the CC decided to focus on strengthening
mass agitations and have started giving more funds to front organisations."
Earlier, most of these groups were Hyderabad centric. Now they
have shifted attention to AP.
East Division Committee of the CPI-Maoist called
upon the people to celebrate the 12th formation day of the party
on September 21 and asserted that the party was strong among the
people and police were doing a campaign against it. It wanted
people to support the party's armed struggle to end exploitation
of the majority of the people by a small minority. In a press
release, the east division committee also alleged that SP, R.D.
Sharma and OSD, A. Babujee were claiming that the party had lacked
support among Girijans and that Girijans had celebrated after
Maoists were killed in the Palasamudram area on May 4. The party's
support among Girijans remained intact in spite of "severe police
repression" and in spite of the police trying to prevent them,
the Girijans raised money for death ceremony of Kudumula Venkata
Ramana (Ravi). In Balapam area locals were forced to produce Aadhaar
card, ration card or voter card when they purchase commodities
or fertilizers for the crops they are rising, the party alleged.
The CPI-Maoist came out in support of the separatists
who are opposing the Indian Government in Pakistan. Political
representative of AOBZC of the party Jaganabandhu in a press release
hailed the separatists in Kashmir as "setting an example with
a strong, spirited fight by combining people's agitation with
militant struggle." In the press release, the party asked the
Government to conduct a referendum, take action on the officers
involved in the Burhan Wani encounter, lift house arrest of APHC
Three top leaders of the CPI-Maoist were present
in the court of Metropolitan Sessions Judge S. Sasidhar Reddy,
which is the designated court for cases against Maoists in the
Visakhapatnam District, in the Gunukurayi encounter case. After
the Additional Public Prosecutor K. Prudhiviraj, who is Deputy
Director of Prosecution sought time for arguments in the case;
the Judge has adjourned the case to September 28. The Maoists
leaders produced in the court were Varanasi Subrahmanyam alias
Vimal, who had studied ML in Andhra University, Marpu Venkata
Ramana of Srikakulam and Aklant Rabha of Assam, while and Punendra
Mukherjee of Kolkata, another accused in the case could not attend
as he was sick. The case was booked after a CRPF Head Constable
Anil Kumar was killed in an encounter with the then CPI-ML (PW)
naxalites at Gunukurayi in G.K. Veedhi Mandal on May 28,
2008. Four PWG activists were also killed in the incident.
Member of the east division committee and first
CRC of the CPI-Maoist, Marri Veera alias Leevu, and six
members of the party's militia surrendered to SP Rahul Dev Sharma
in Visakhapatnam District. Marri Veera (25), carrying a reward
of INR 100,000 on his head, a native of Veeravaram under Devarapalli
panchayat in G.K. Veedhi mandal, had moved mostly
with Maoist leader Jambri when he was in the party. Veera had
lost his parents when he was 15 years old and Jambri took him
into the party in 2008 and worked with the Galikonda area committee
and was made member of the first CRC in 2010 and also bodyguard
of a top Maoist leader Kudumula Ravi. Veera was involved in four
exchanges of fire in Andhra area and three in Odisha area between
2010 and 2012 and was also involved in famine raids. The militia
members were D Veranna Padal (22), K Chantibabu (29), P Ramamurthy
(26), G Subba Rao (29), P Sumra (18) and L Dasarath (20), all
natives of GK Veedhi mandal in the Visakhapatnam District.
They helped the Maoists in logistics, mobilised people for party
meetings, hanging banners and distributing pamphlets, etc.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres were injured in an exchange
of fire with a Police party in G.K.Veedhi mandal in Visakhapatnam
District. A senior leader of the Maoist party, Jambri, reportedly
escaped along with some others. The Police party was on its routine
combing operation in the area when it came across a group of Maoists
and received fire near Peddapadu and Kumkumpudi area, SP, Rahul
Dev Sharma said. The Police party returned fire and later found
two Maoists -- Gemmeli Narasing, a member of the Galikonda area
committee with a reward of INR. 100,000 on his head, and a militia
member, Muvvala Ambri, with injuries, Sharma said.
Two days after a major strike by the elite forces
in the AOB area, in which 28 CPI-Maoist cadres were killed, the
Andhra Pradesh State Committee of the CPI-Maoist has termed it
a "fake encounter" and threatened to take "revenge" against Chief
Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and his son Lokesh. In a press release
sent to the media and signed by CPI-Maoist Andhra Pradesh State
committee official spokesman Shyam, the Maoists said the AOB encounter
was a major covert operation, in which 6,000 Police personnel
were used. He alleged that Police utilised the services of some
covert operatives to lace the food served to the Maoists with
sedatives, and gunned down the leaders and dalam members after
they fell unconscious. In the five-page release, the Maoists said
they would also eliminate former Naxalites who joined hands with
The CPI-Maoist has called for bandh in Odisha,
Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra on November
3 to protest against the Malkangiri encounter in which 30 Maoists
were killed. In a statement issued by Maoist's Central Committee,
Pratap, a self-styled spokesperson, has given the bandh call in
Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra.
The Maoist organisation also alleged that Prime Minister Narendra
Modi-led Central Government, along with Odisha and Andhra Pradesh
Government's, were favouring Bauxite mining in the tribal area
against the will of the locals. Yesterday, in an audio tape, CPI-Maoist
East Division Committee 'secretary' Kailash held the Chief Ministers
of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh responsible for the encounter.
Stating that there was no truth in the reports
appearing in a section of the media that CPI-Maoist leader Ramakrishna
alias RK was in the custody of the Police, Andhra Pradesh
State Home Minister N. Chinarajappa, made it clear that combing
operations were a continuous process. Briefing the media at the
TDP office in Kakinada in East Godavari District, Rajappa said
that some media organisations were carrying false reports about
the encounter on the AOB.
AP Police informed the Hyderabad High Court that
joint teams of AP and Odisha Police had to "fire in self-defence",
which resulted in the death of 24 Maoists in Malkangiri District
of Odisha area on October 24. AP Police, which filed a reply in
the High Court, in response to a PIL submitted by Civil Liberties
Committee, said that the incident of firing took place outside
of the territory of AP, in Odisha. In the reply, Visakhapatnam
Rural District SP, Rahul Dev Sharma, said that on October 24,
they got information about the presence of Maoists in the AOB
and Police parties of Odisha and AP reached the forest area of
'Ramagurah'. "On seeing the police parties, the Maoists, who were
armed with latest automatic weapons, opened fire on the police
parties resulting in injuries to two Greyhound Commandos, and
one of them died. Despite the police calling upon the Maoists
to surrender, they did not pay heed to the warning and continued
firing, constraining the police parties to retaliate by counter-firing
in self-defence," the SP said. As a result of this firing incident,
some Maoists died and some more escaped. The incident was reported
at Chitrakonda Police Station of Malkangiri District and a case
was registered, which is under investigation by the Odisha Police.
On ascertaining from the Chitrakonda Police, it was revealed that
they found 24 bodies at the scene of offence (13 men and 11 women),
the SP added. Civil rights activists had earlier moved the high
court and filed a PIL seeking a thorough judicial probe into the
incident. Advocate V Raghunath, on behalf of Civil Liberties Committee,
had filed the litigation and demanded registration of murder cases
against the AP Police. Seeking dismissal of the petition, Sharma
said in the reply, "Police have not violated the law and the incident
of firing has taken place in Odisha and is being investigated
into. The writ petition seems to have been filed by twisting the
facts of a legitimate joint-combing exercise and the counter-firing
in self-defence." The court posted the matter for further hearing
to November 8.
Top CPI-Maoist leader Ramakrishna aka RK's wife
informed the Hyderabad HC, that her husband was "safe," and sought
the court's permission to withdraw the habeas corpus
petition she had filed earlier in this regard. "We informed the
High Court that Ramakrishna is safe and said we got information
last night that he is safe. We requested the court to permit us
to withdraw the habeas corpus which is posted after two weeks,"
Kandula Sirisha told the court through her counsel V. Raghunath.
Following the Police action on the Maoists in AOB on October 24,
in which 24 Maoists were killed, doubts were expressed by the
wife of RK, and relatives and party comrades that he might be
in Police custody.
||Against the killing of
CPI-Maoist cadres on AOB in Police encounter on October 24, the
Maoists have released a poster which created panic in the agency
area of Paderu in Visakhapatnam District. This poster was released
by Galikonda committee of the Maoists in which people have been
urged to take revenge from TDP Government against these killings.
The DGP, N. Sambasiva Rao, said 100 new model
Police Stations would be constructed across the State by December
31. DGP Rao conducted a surprise inspection of the construction
work at Old Guntur and Nagarampalem stations. The two Police Stations
were being upgraded into model Police Stations. Further, DGP Rao
said security cordon around Ministers and MLAs had been beefed
up in view of the increased threat perception in the aftermath
of the encounter in which 31 CPI-Maoist cadres had been killed
recently at AOB.
CPI-Maoist cadres held a Prajameli in the remote
areas of Vishakhapatnam District. Sources said hundreds of supporters
of the Rayat Kuli Sangha, a frontal organization of the CPI-Maoist,
attended the meeting. They paid homage to the deceased Maoists
and vowed to take on the State administrations. They condemned
the action of the SF personnel of both the States. Meanwhile,
SP, of Malkangiri District of Odisha, Mitrabhanu Mohapatra, asserted
that security has been beefed up in the district mostly in the
bordering areas. "There is no need to be panic. As people's support
to Maoists is on the decline, the Maoists organised the rally
against the Government after bringing together locals to generate
a sense of fear among them," said Mohapatra. He said all the police
posts in the district and anti-Maoist establishments have been
asked to be extra vigilant. Combing operations have been intensified
in border areas, added the SP.
The CPI-Maoist Central Committee has reportedly
appointed Kakarala Madhavi as the AOB 'secretary', according to
Intelligence sources. Madhavi replaces Bakuri Venkataramana alias
Ganesh who was killed in the encounter at AOB between October
24 and 26. A native of Rajamahendravaram in East Godavari District,
Madhavi served the party in different roles for about 10 years
in Telangana, Odisha, Dandakaranya in Chhattisgarh and other areas.
The Central Committee at a high-level meeting reportedly announced
the appointment after the party suffered a major blow with the
Police gunning down about 30 Naxalites in the encounter in Malkangiri
District of Odisha between October 24 and 26. She is the daughter
of a veteran Telugu film actor. Another senior Maoist leader Pothula
Kalpana has been appointed in-charge of military operations in
the area. Kalpana has been in the outfit for about 10 years. However,
it is not clear whether Madhavi has been appointed for Malkangiri
or East (Visakhapatnam and East Godavari) divisions.
"There is no Maoist presence in the region. The
picturesque Nallamala hills can very well be developed into a
tourist spot," said DGP, N. Sambasiva Rao, at a media conference
at Ongole in Prakasam District. It was from Nallamala, the largest
stretch of undisturbed forest, top Maoist leaders including Akkiraju
Haragopal aka Ramakrishna aka RK, came out for talks with the
then Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy Government in 2004. Justifying the
combing operations along with Odisha in the AOB, he said only
when peace prevailed in the State's neighbourhood; development
would be possible in the State. They had even misled the High
Court by first filing a habeas corpus petition and then withdrawing
it, he said, adding "We are used to such tactics." "Vizag's safety
is linked to that of our neighbour [Odisha]. We have made a lot
of sacrifices to ensure a congenial climate for development in
the State," he said referring to the long history of the Naxalite-Maoist
insurgency in the united Andhra Pradesh.
The CPI-Maoist Central Committee member Ramakrishna's
wife Sirisha and Paderu MLA, Giddi Eswari among those, who paid
tributes to the slain Maoist leader Bakuri Venkataramana alias
Ganesh at the memorial meeting at his native Bakuru village under
Hukumpeta mandal in Visakhapatnam District, during the
inauguration of the pylon in the memory of the tribal leader.
Ganesh's widow Damayanti and his father Bakuri Narasimha Raju
inaugurated the pylon. Anjam, 'president' of the Martyrs Family
Members and Friends Committee, 'secretary' Padma Kumari and several
people and party sympathisers were present at the meeting. Devendra,
widow of another slain Maoist Gangadhar alias Prabhakar,
said that the war against the poor tribals and the Maoists was
to strengthen the Government in its efforts to mine bauxite in
The 16th PLGA week is expected to be different
this year, especially in the cut-off region of AOB area. Both
the Police and LWE are in the preparatory mode to show their strength,
and what makes the week different this year from the earlier ones,
is that it is taking place after the recent string of encounters
from October 24 to 27, in the cut-off region of AOB region, which
left 30 Maoists dead, including top leaders such as Bakuri Venkata
Ramana alias Ganesh and Samala Kistayya alias Daya. Both
were of the rank of 'State Secretary' of the CPI-Maoist.
The District Police detected two heavily loaded
IEDs planted by the CPI-Maoist cadres near Kumada village under
the Kumada Gram Panchayat in the Munchingput mandal in
the Visakha Agency of Vishakhapatnam District. This was the major
incident reported so far during the Maoist party's PLGA week observance
since December 2. Each landmine, kept three feet under the bitumen
road, was packed with 20 kilograms of explosives. Since they could
not be safely removed, the bomb disposal squad of the rural Police
set them off under controlled and safe conditions, said Rahul
Dev Sharma, SP, in a press release. Babujee Attada, ASP, (operations),
supervised the operation of detection and blasting of the landmines.
"The landmines were meant to attack the police but there is every
possibility of innocent Girijans that walk on the road and vehicles
that bring material to the weekly shandy getting killed if they
are set off," Sharma said.
A CPI-Maoist couple belonging to the Sabari Area
Committee surrendered to East Godavari District, SP, M Ravi Prakash.
They were identified as Vetti Vungi alias Jyothi of Sangampadu
Village and her husband, Madakam Bandi alias Kamalesh of Gollaguppa
Village in Yetapaka Mandal. Addressing the media, Ravi
Prakash said the Maoists carried a reward of INR 100,000 each
on them. "Vetti Vungi (22) joined the Maoists when she was 15
years old following a dispute with her mother and influenced by
then Sabari Dalam (armed squad) member Sharmila. She worked
as a dalam member under commanders Naresh, Nagesh and Rajitha.
She was involved in the exchange of fire at Baidichelma, Chhattisgarh,
in 2013, attack on the State Police Camp at Dharmapenta in 2014,
police camp attack at Pamedu, Chhattisgarh, in 2016, and Buttem
encounter. She also planted explosives in Pega village in Chinturu
Mandal of Andhra Pradesh in 2016.Her husband Madakam Bandi
alias Kamalesh (22) joined the Dalam in 2015.He
was involved in the kidnap of Uike Isaac, son of Lakshmipuram
pastor Kannayya in 2015 and an exchange of fire at Buttem, Chhattisgarh."
Three 'landmines' reportedly placed by CPI-Maoist
cadres were found in East Godavari District. 'Landmines' were
on the main road between Bhadrachalam and Rajamahendravaram near
Yedugurrallapalli in Chintur Mandal. The CPI-Maoist also
hung banners to the trees near the village condemning the October
23 encounter on the Andhra-Odisha border in which 24 Maoists were
killed. Chintur CI Durgaprasad said they got information that
some wires were jutting out near the village main road which was
dug up on the both sides. The local Police apprised East Godavari
SP, M Ravi Prakash of the situation following which the SP directed
the Police to cordon off the area and stop vehicular traffic and
the bomb squad along with Greyhound Police from Kakinada diffused
the land mines.
The CPI-Maoist, who suffered a major blow in a
recent encounter with Police at the AOB, have allegedly targeted
Andhra Pradesh CM N. Chandrababu Naidu and conducted a recce at
the A.P. Bhavan in New Delhi. "Officials of the Ministry of Home
have alerted us over the threat to Mr. Naidu and we are coordinating
with the Delhi Police on increasing security cover for him at
the A.P. Bhavan," DGP N. Sambasiva Rao said in Vijayawada. Intelligence
sources said suspected Maoists conducted a 'recce' many times
at the A.P. Bhavan, and the target might be the Chief Minister
or other Ministers visiting the place. "We are on a high alert
and are in contact with the Delhi Police. We will increase the
security for Mr. Naidu, if necessary," the DGP said. Police were
trying to collect the photographs of those who conducted the 'recce'
through CCTV footage, report said.
DGP, N. Sambasiva Rao has said that the CPI-Maoist's
UG cadres have come down to all-time low in Andhra Pradesh, which
was once a stronghold for the Naxalite movement in Vijayawada
at Krishna District. "The Left Wing Extremism (LWE) ideology is
losing relevance and the Andhra Pradesh Police has succeeded in
controlling Naxalite activities in the State," the DGP claimed
in the year-ender press conference. According to DGP, Rao, 105
underground cadres of Naxals were operating in the State,
of whom 45 are from Andhra Pradesh and 60 from outside. As many
as 14 naxal-related incidents had been reported in the
State this year as against 25 in 2015. "Naxalite movements
are continuing in Visakhapatnam Rural, East Godavari and Vizianagaram
Districts. But in Visakhapatnam Rural District, naxal activities
were controlled well," Rao said appreciating the Police for taking
initiatives such as skill development programmes, sports and other
activities. "During our tenure as SPs in the State, naxal movement
used to be very high and many police personnel lost their lives
in the fight against then PWG. Due to the efforts of the Government,
LWE has been controlled and tribal youth are not getting attracted
towards Naxalism," the DGP recalled. PWG is also known
Source: Figures are compiled from news
reports and are provisional.