Kothagudem: Massive search operations were underway in the forests of Manugur agency area and its surroundings in the district following reported movements of ultras of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) Party.
A senior police officer said the district police had received intelligence inputs that three Maoist action teams had entered Bhadradri Kothagudem district from neighbouring Chhattisgarh. Nearly 400 policemen including 20 special party police and greyhounds teams were engaged in combing operations in the forests searching for the naxals and high alert has been sounded in Manugur agency area. Top police officials were monitoring the situation guiding the forces.
Meanwhile, tension prevailed in the agency areas with tribals living in the forests in the grip of fear. Maoists were trying to establish ground in the agency areas in Kothagudem district with the pressure from Chhattisgarh police increasing, sources said.
According to the senior officials, the Maoist Telangana state committee wanted its cadre to shift to Telangana and hence sent action teams to prepare the ground in Kothagudem district.
25 naxals surrender to police in Dantewada
As many as 25 ultras of the CPI (Maoist) Party have surrendered to police at Kuakonda police station in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh on Thursday. They joined mainstream life in the presence of Superintendent of Police (SP) Abhishek Pallav, CRPF DIG, DN Lal and District Collector Dipak Soni under ‘Lon varratu’ (return to your village) initiative launched by the police.
Of the 25 surrendered naxals three were carrying cash reward on their heads. They were all part of Katekalyan Area and Malangir Area Committees under Darbha division and were vexed up with naxalite ideology, the SP, Pallav said.
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