Cops put on high alert in South Odisha after Kishanji’s killing

Anticipating revenge attacks by Maoists in the wake of the killing of Maoist Central Committee leader Mallojula Koteswara Rao alias Kishenji in an encounter in West Bengal on Nov 24, security personnel’s in South Odisha, said to be hot bed of Maoist rebels have been put on high alert. His younger brother Venugopala Rao is a central committee member of the party and is believed to be active in the Andhra-Orissa border area.

Police have beefed up security arrangement in  Police have beefed up security arrangements in MalkangiriMalkangiri, Rayagada, Koraput, Gajapati and Nabarangpur districts, especially on the Andhra-Orissa Border  (AOB). Police have alerted politicians, leaders of the ruling party along with people’s representatives who are believed to be on the Maoists’ hit-list and have asked them not to enter Maoist attack prone areas without intimating cops. Moreover, police suspect that Maoists may attack any time as they are making preparations for the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) weekly celebrations, to be held from Dec 2.

Additional police forces have been mobilized on Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada bordering neighbouring Andhra Pradesh.. The elite BSF, SOG and CRPF have launched massive combing operations as a precautionary measure. Police were also checking vehicles in tribal areas. Security has been beefed up at all the police stations across South Odisha districts.

Maoists will strive to hit back. Though security men deployed in rebel-hit areas are always on guard they have now been asked to observe maximum alertness after Kishanji’s death,” said a top police official of the region on conditions of anonymity to “The rebels may try to get across the border for a safe haven,” he said. Police fear that Maoists may either target their bases or even civilians in the region where the outlawed group virtually runs a parallel government in the interiors.

There is every possibility of avenge by Maoists as Venugopala Rao,the younger brother of Kishanji is a central committee member of the party and is believed to be active in the Andhra-Orissa border area, sources said. Well-placed sources said, retaliatory action by the Maoists cannot be ruled out since the cadres will be on the run and may try to get across the border where they find a safe haven.

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