Maoists see Karimnagar as shelter zone

Maoists see Karimnagar as shelter zone
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Maoists are believed to be maintaining strategic silence in Karimnagar district because they are using it as “a shelter zone” and also for recruiting cadre. Those who are in the know of the Maoists’ strategy support the argument.

  • While the rest of north Telangana districts is rocked by Naxalite activities, the district remains calm
  • Analysts feel that the extremists have adopted the ‘strategic silence’ to gain time and recruit youth

Karimnagar: Maoists are believed to be maintaining strategic silence in Karimnagar district because they are using it as “a shelter zone” and also for recruiting cadre. Those who are in the know of the Maoists’ strategy support the argument.

While the rest of the north Telangana districts, particularly Khammam-Karimnagar-Warangal (KKW) zone, have been affected by Maoist activities, the situation remains calm in Karimnagar district. The district was earlier a strong base for extremist movement.

Except holding a “Praja Court” (kangaroo court) in Mukunuru village under Mahadevpur mandal in December last year, no incident of Maoists was reported in Karimnagar, the native district of party’s national secretary Muppala Laxman Rao alias Ganapathi.
The analysts consider the strategy being adopted by the Maoists is intended to gain time to build the cadre. But the police claim that their action has led to suppression of the extremist movement in the district.
There are reports that the Naxalites often visit some of the villages bordering Chhattisgarh by crossing the river Godavari and returning after staying for a few hours.
Maoists had called a halt to their activities in the united Andhra Pradesh and most of them went underground in Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra states. After a long gap, Naxalities for the first time after formation of Telangana, held a “Praja Court” in Mukunuru and thrashed Mandal Parishad Territorial Constituency (MPTC) Sammaiah for harassing villagers. After that no incident was reported in the district.
Later, Maoists killed an Adivasi youth Ballalshah, a native of Kheriguda under Thiryanimandal in Adilabad district, on October 31, branding him as police informer. One week ago, an exchange of fire also took place between police and ultras in Pembi forest near Shetpalli under Khanapur mandal.
In another incident, they recently kidnapped six leaders of ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi in Khammam district.
On the other hand, two Maoists Sruthi and Vidyasagar Reddy were killed in an alleged encounter with the police near Govindaraopet in Warangal district.
Apart from intensifying patrolling in forest area, the police claimed to have take measures to ensure that the youth do not fall prey to the extremists’ activities. Superintendent of Police D Joel Devis visited the Naxalite- affected village in Maha Mutharam and Mahadevpur mandals and interacted with youth and local people.
A programme to educate the youth on career opportunities was also organised.
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