Netas, officials told not to tour remote Naxal-hit areas

NIZAMABAD/VISAKHAPATNAM: Top police officials warned IAS officers, government officials and public representatives against undertaking tours to interior areas and villages in north Telangana. The decision comes in the wake of the killing of cop Kuda Appanna in Paderu by Maoists.

District officials and public representatives, who were actively participating in Prajapatham were asked to avoid touring interior villages, especially in Maoist-infested areas. District SP V Ravinder asked Karimnagar district collector Smitha Sabharwal to cancel her tour to naxalite-affected areas, police sources said. She was also asked not to tour Mahadevpur, Kataram, Manthani and other extremist-hit mandals.

The Adilabad police also warned the public representatives and senior officials against visiting the interior areas fearing surprise ambushes from the rebels. Though the Maoist activity in Adilabad district had come down after the encounter killing of central committee leader Cherukuri Raj Kumar alias Azad in Wankidi forests on July1, 2010, the party has been trying to regroup its cadres by contacting sympathizers and former naxalites. Assistant SP of Utnoor Ambar Kishore Jha confirmed the movement of Maoists in the district and said the police department has intensified surveillance in the Maoist-infested areas to avert any untoward incidents.

Speaking to TOI, Adilabad SP Sarvasresta Tripati said combing operations are regularly taken up in the border areas to prevent infiltration of Maoists into the district. Though the police have succeeded in controlling Naxal movement in the state, Warangal, Karimnagar and Adilabad districts continue to witness sporadic incidents of Maoist violence.

Meanwhile, ten armed Maoists and 30 members of its militia attacked a weekly market at Pedavalasa on Friday afternoon. They torched thatched roofs, destroyed country made liquor and thrashed the liquor traders in front of the tribals.

Locals of Paderu observed bandh in the mandal headquarters in protest against the brutal killing of the constable. Intelligence chief M Mahender Reddy, Visakha range DIG Soumya Misra, SIB DIG V C Sajjanar and rural SP G Srinivas paid tributes to the constable at Paderu. A large number of police personnel and relatives took part in funeral procession before the body was sent to his native place of Darela for last rites.

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