Maoists desperate to show their presence: SP Jha
Maoists have struck twice within a month in Warangal district in a bid to prove their presence and to challenge the claims that they were not a force to reckon with anymore.
Warangal: Maoists have struck twice within a month in Warangal district in a bid to prove their presence and to challenge the claims that they were not a force to reckon with anymore.
A fortnight after burning a forest guest house and a jeep in the forest area near Tadwai mandal headquarters on April 16, the Maoists have allegedly burnt down an earth mover at a red soil quarry at Mallampalli in Mulug mandal during wee hours of Wednesday.
It might be recalled that in September 2015 the Maoists have burnt an earth mover in the same village.
The Maoists, who burnt down the vehicle, were said to have left some banners with a warning to the informers at the spot on Wednesday. But the police removed them before the public could notice them, sources informed.
The incident occurred immediately after the arrest of a Maoist action team commander Madhu at Eturunagaram while he was moving with two other activists allegedly to commit an offence. The police revealed that the Maoists planned to eliminate some persons in Eturunagaram mandal on the pretext of acting as police informers.
The entry of Maoist action team into Warangal district from neighbouring Chhattisgarh borders, the arrest of the action team commander, Madhu and burning of a vehicle at Mallampalli took place in the back drop of a bandh, called in AP and Telangana States on Wednesday and Thursday. In view of the bandh, the police maintained a high alert and intensified combing operations in agency villages and forest areas. Yet the action team managed to enter into the district to commit an offence. It is also said that the Maoists have also conducted recce in Eturunagaram a few days ago for their action.
And this has become a subject of discussion in the district among the police and common public as well.
However, the rural SP, Ambar Kishor Jha, turned down the notion that Maoists are re-emerging in the district. ‘Their actions in recent times only display their desperation to show their existence here and we are not allowing it,’ he asserted.
According to him, the arrest of Madhu is an important achievement for the rural police. Madhu is said to be a trusted lieutenant to the Maoist party’s Khammam-Karimnagar-Warangal committee secretary Bade Chokka Rao alias Damodar. ‘The duo is creating trouble in Agency area for some time,’ the SP added.