Naxals continue to remain active in two border AP districts

31/12/2010

Hyderabad, Dec 30 (PTI) Although Leftwing extremism in Andhra Pradesh was under effective check during the year when a top Naxal leader died, CPI (Maoist) continued to remain active in Visakhapatnam and Khammam districts bordering Chhattisgarh and Orissa, the state”s police chief said today.

“Of the 74 Maoist-related incidents (in 2010), the maximum were reported from Visakhapatnam and Khammam,” Director General of Police (DGP) K Aravinda Rao said at the annual press conference of the state police here.

A particular tribal group, which has migrated to Visakhapatnam district in large numbers, was providing food and shelter to Naxals on the the AP-Orissa border, he said.

The police were keeping a close watch on the activities of CPI (Maoist) which is trying to regroup in North Telangana districts, the DGP said.

The security forces achieved notable success in anti- Naxal operations by arresting 220 extremists, he said adding they were involved in 14 incidents of exchange of fire, resulting in death of 13 ultras, including prominent leaders like Cherukuri Rajakumar alias Azad, Shakamuri Apparao and Kondala Reddy alias Tech Ramana this year, Rao said.

117 extremists surrendered and the police seized 81 weapons, while 21 civilians lost their lives in the extremist violence. There was, however, no causalties on the police side, he added.

Rao said the law and order situation so far had been satisfactory. Police effectively maintained law and order during the pro and anti-statehood agitations in Telangana, coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions this year.

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