Summer, the cruelest season for Maoists

Summer, the cruelest season for Maoists
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Summer aids police in tracing Maoists. With foliage of forest cover thinning, it is easy for the police to track Maoists activities. It is easy to maintain vigil around water sources which shrink to a smaller area. Taking advantage of this, the police plan ambush. Hence, Maoists dread spring season more than the police.

Bhadrachalam: Summer aids police in tracing Maoists. With foliage of forest cover thinning, it is easy for the police to track Maoists activities. It is easy to maintain vigil around water sources which shrink to a smaller area. Taking advantage of this, the police plan ambush. Hence, Maoists dread spring season more than the police.

In this context, the police have been understood to have been preparing a ‘pucca’ plan to ambush the Maoists during the current summer. The police are reported to have launched combing operations in Dandakaranya forest, which formed boundary between Telangana and Chhattisgarh, in their characteristic style using modern equipment to trace movements of the Maoists.

Maoists made their presence felt and ran a parallel administration in the Bastar region. Past incidents and experiences reveal ambushing Maoists during spring season dealing a crippling blow to them.But, Maoists have been facing turbulent situation for several years, especially under Pamedu police station limits in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh.

Several important leaders of the Maoist organisation had bitten dust in several ambushes that had taken place under the police station limits. Going by the prevailing trend for the last several years, they suffered heavy casualties during March and April. Pamedu police station area accounted for maximum deaths of Maoists because of trees shedding leaves. In three incidents reported during the last six years, 34 Maoist cadres were killed.

In fact, 17 Maoists had perished in the March 8, 2009 incident reported under the police station limits. The deceased included Khammam District secretary Yadanna, two local operation commanders, local guerrilla squad commander and two commanders of the Chattisgarh local operation squad.

The incident had created quite a sensation then. The April 15, 2013 incident had claimed the lives of nine Maoists, including the Khammam- Karimnagar- Warangal Maoist organisation secretary Sudhakar, his wife Pushpakka.In the March 1, 2016 incident that had taken place at Bottitongu eight Maoists were killed. The deceased included Dandakaranya special zonal committee member Gottimukkala Ramesh alias Lachchanna and his spouse Yousuf Bee.

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