4 tribals go missing in AP, police suspect naxal hand
At least four tribals were allegedly abducted by Maoists from East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, police said today. “Four tribals from Pega village went missing. It seems Maoists from (bordering) Chhattisgarh may have kidnapped them. We are planning for a joint operation with Telangana police (for getting the tribals released),” East Godavari Superintendent of Police M Ravi Prakash told PTI. The incident happened on Saturday.
Maoists kidnap tribals
In a stepped up offensive, Maoists kidnapped 13 tribals belonging to Chintoor mandal in Khammam district of Telangana last night. According to police today, the Maoists abducted the tribals charging that they were indulging in anti-Maoist activities. The tribals may be tried in ‘praja court’ to be conducted by the Maoists, police added.
MEETING ON PREVENTION OF NAXAL ACTIVITIES AND BORDER CRIMES
Mysuru, Dec. 30- A meeting pertaining to prevention of naxal activities and border crimes in the State was convened by IGP (Southern Range) B.K. Singh at Infosys campus here yesterday. The meeting which was attended by SP Abhinav Ashok Khare and SPs of Chamarajanagar, Hassan, Kodagu, Chikkamagalur, Udupi was also attended by officers in the ranking of DIG and IGP of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. The meeting discussed measures to prevent naxal activities in the State’s border and to curb border crimes in the State. During the meeting it was decided to intensify combing operations in forests in the State’s border where naxal activities were reported.
A disturbing message from Maoists
An uneasy calm is prevailing in villages situated near the Godavari abutting Chhattisgarh State after the Maoists conducted a Kangaroo court and thrashed villagers of Mukunur in Manthani revenue division of the district on Saturday night. Though the police maintained that very few among the Maoists spoke Telugu indicating that most of them were from the neighbouring State of Chhattisgarh, the very arrival of 30 armed members of the banned Maoist group is sending shivers down the spines of people. The Maoists thrashed five persons of the village and warned them to leave the village or face the consequences, a Maoist tactic that North Telangana witnessed some three decades ago.
The sudden surfacing of the Maoist squad and conduct of the Kangaroo court after a gap of more than 15 years in the district had come as a rude shock to the district police. The naxalite team is believed to have been led by KKW (Karimnagar, Khammam and Warangal) secretary Bade Chokka Rao alias Damodar and Eturunagaram and Mahadevpur area committee secretary Kankanala Raji Reddy alias Venkatesh. Sources said that the Maoists split themselves into four groups and stood guard at different locations even as another team conducted the ‘Praja court’ in the village centre. The naxalites arrived at the village around 10 p.m. on Saturday and left the village after 3 a.m. on Sunday. The naxalites brought all the targeted upper caste villagers Odela Srinivas Rao, Eravelli Srinivas Rao, Duggirala Srinivas Rao, Erravelli Vasantha Rao and Bhupathi Devender and thrashed them severely accusing them of passing on information to the police.
They were also accused of taking an anti-dalit stand in the village. They warned them to leave the village or face serious consequences. They also interacted with the villagers. Later, the Maoists crossed the river Godavari and entered into the neighbouring Chatisgarh sensing possible police operations in the region. A dispute during the Dasara festivities between the dalits and upper caste people had forced the Maoists to enter the village and conduct the ‘Praja Court.’
Combing stepped up
Sources said that the Maoists had been moving in the region for the last few months. They had planned to commit an offence during the People’s Liberation Guerilla Army (PLGA) week celebrations during the first week of December. But, they are now focussing on the recruitment of rural youth into their fold, the intelligence sources said.
Call to Modernise Forest Department to Thwart Maoist Threat
PALAKKAD: The pasting of posters by suspected Maoists targetting Forest Department personnel in Wayanad and Mukkali again brings to the fore the need to modernise the functioning of the Department as in the present circumstances, the security personnel could easily become sitting ducks for armed gangs.
Extremism, trafficking haunt A.P. police
Maoists moving in AOB border and some parts of Vizag district, says DGP.
The DGP said coastal security will be further strengthened by setting up 21 marine police stations in addition to the six existing police stations. Director General of Police J.V. Ramudu has said the Police Department has been making all out efforts to curb extremist menace in the State, but Maoist movement was still persisting in some parts. The police arrested 75 Naxalites while 93 others surrendered during 2014. Over a dozen crimes with involvement of Maoists were reported during the year in which four civilians were killed.
At the same time, tribals revolted against Maoists and lynched two of them in Visakhapatnam district, he said. Elaborating on the crime situation in the last one year at a press conference here on Monday, the DGP said the presence of CPI (ML) Maoists and other groups was seen on Andhra-Odisha Border (AOB), parts of Visakhapatnam, and five mandals of Khammam that were merged with East and West Godavari districts. Five Maoists were shot dead in exchange of fire in different places and the police seized 17 weapons from their possession.
Karnataka to set up Special intelligence cadre in State Police
The low-intensity bomb explosion on December 28, in Bangalore prompted Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to announce the setting up of a special cadre for intelligence in Karnataka Police besides recruiting 40 software engineers to the Police force on December 29, reports Economic Times. The announcement came after Siddaramaiah held a meeting of top Police, home department and administration officials. A new law along the lines of the Andhra Pradesh Public Safety is also being contemplated. It would make mandatory the setting up of CCTVs and access checks in all places where more than a hundred gather.