After cop’s killing, forces hunt for 30 Naxals

HYDERABAD: Taken aback by the killing of Special Intelligence Bureau (SIB) constable K Appanna by Maoists in Paderu in Visakha agency, anti-Naxalite forces have launched a massive hunt for nearly 30 Left-Wing Extremists who are hiding in the dense forest and trying to regain their lost ground by making fresh recruitments.

On the AP side of Andhra Orissa Border (AOB), the 30 armed members of Communist Party of India (Maoist) have been trying to make their presence felt, SIB sources said. They are being supported by a few companies (each company having at least five members) of Maoists who frequently come from Chhattisgarh and enter Visakhapatnam by crossing the border.

“In view of major developments in Orissa and Chhattisgarh, including abduction of Sukma collector Alex Paul Menon, the Maoists in Visakha agency, especially near Narayanpur, have become active. The killing of constable Appanna is just an indication of their restlessness,” a senior intelligence official told TOI.

Officials said Appanna, a tribal, was never known for his serious contribution to the SIB, but Maoists still chose to kill him since he was a soft target. During investigation, police learnt that an action team of five to six persons participated in the killing. “There is credible information that two of them were from Chhattisgarh and a similar number from Andhra Pradesh. The locals do not know the identity of those who executed the killing. The killers had done a recce before executing the killing,” the official added.

As a follow up to the killing of Appanna, Maoists pasted posters warning locals not to consume liquor. They also set ablaze huts where illicit liquor was sold. All this happened when senior police officers, including additional director-general of police (intelligence) Mahender Reddy, where in Visakha agency.

Meanwhile, as the state is gearing up for crucial byelections, intelligence officials alerted district police units, especially Warangal district since the byelection for Parkal constituency would be held in June. Parkal has a history of active Maoist movement and Warangal district superintendent of police Rajesh Kumar said that once political parties name their candidates, security would be provided to them.”Besides providing gunmen to each contestant, there is already a general alert. Also, anti-Maoist measures are being undertaken. It will be further intensified in the coming days,” the SP added.

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