Two helicopters of the Indian Air Force patrolled the dense forests of the Andhra Orissa border (AOB) in the Visakhapat-nam Agency mandals on Tuesday. The choppers made five to six rounds over the AOB.
Police sources said that Andhra and Orissa police deployed the choppers in the AOB as part of combing operations, which were recently intensified in view of the Maoists’ ensuing People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army Week (PLGAW) from December 2. Nearly 180 armed personnel of the department of police landed in the forests from choppers at Chintapalli and Narsipatnam forests in the district on Tuesday. The officer-on-special duty for Narsipatnam division, Mr Kartikeya, monitored the operation.
According to a senior police officer, additional forces were deployed in the AOB areas due to the Maoists’ tactical counter offensive campaign which reportedly began at Kalimela of Orissa recently.
“The Maoists seems to be planning a major strike in the AOB this time to inform police that they have a stronghold in the AOB, despite losing key leaders of various area committees.
Agency sources revealed that Maoists plan to show video clippings of their activities in the week-long celebrations.
“The Maoists are presently making all efforts to win the confidence of tribals, and preparing to recruit them to strengthen their groups in the AOB,” sources said.