Kumram Bheem Asifabad: Director General of Police M Mahender Reddy said Maoists were terrorising Adivasis by moving in the tribal habitations in the past few weeks. Five members of the banned outfit were trying to create apprehensions among the tribals over the progress being witnessed by the district, he said.
Speaking to mediapersons here on Friday, Mahender Reddy said the five extremists led by Mailarepu Adellu alias Bhaskar, Telangana State Committee member, were moving in the forests and certain habitations of tribals of the district for quite some time now. “The Maoist squad is spreading tension in Adivasi villages which are known for peace and tranquility. They are spreading rumours that development of Adilabad district has been hampered,” he said.
The DGP said the police department was on alert and intense combing operations were being carried out. The movement of the squad was being tracked, he said, adding that the police had cordial relations with the public while taking part in anti-Maoist operations. About 500 police personnel were deployed to trace the ultras, he said.
The DGP exuded confidence that the police would soon be able to nab the five members of the banned outfit. “Their efforts to regain a foothold in the State will be thwarted,” he said, and requested the public not to trust the statements of the extremists. He also urged them not to extend support to the extremists by providing them shelter and food.
Earlier, Mahender Reddy held a marathon review meeting with top police authorities of the district and neighbouring Mancherial in the wake of movement of Maoists. He inquired about the combing operation and strategies being followed to catch the Maoists.
North zone Inspector General Y Nagireddy, in-charge Superintendent of Police Vishnu S Warrier, Ramagundam Commissioner of Police V Satyanarayana, Mancherial DCP D Uday Kumar Reddy and assistant SP YVS Sudheendra were present.
Police to intensify combing operations for naxals
With a five-member Maoist dalam that entered erstwhile Adilabad district continuing to be elusive, the district police have decided to deploy 60 police teams, including 25 special squads, to carry out intense combing operations in the forests to track down the ultras. The Maosit squad managed to escape from the police in Tiryani mandal recently.
The special operation will be supervised by north zone Inspector General Y Nagireddy. A decision to this effect was taken at a review meeting held by Nagireddy in Kumram Bheem Asifabad district headquarters late on Thursday evening. The meeting was attended by in-charge SP Vishnu S Warrier, Ramagundam Commissioner of Police V Satyanarayana and Mancherial DCP D Uday Kumar Reddy and Asifabad ASP YVS Sudheendra.
Even as the 25 special police teams expand their dragnet and intensify combing operations, 15 police parties will simultaneously patrol rural areas and keep tab on movement of strangers. Another 20 police teams will conduct vehicle checks in the entire district. “Serious efforts are on to nab the members of the squad,” Nagireddy said.
The top officer said that Kova Vasanth Rao, who was booked for providing shelter and food to the extremists, was produced before a court and sent to judicial remand. He warned that surveillance had been mounted on those who support the banned Maoists. He requested the public to share information about the naxals and announced cash rewards for informers.
The Maoist party’s squad led by Telangana State Committee member Mailarepu Adellu alias Bhaskar, Varghesh, Mangu, Ajay, and Ramu, has been moving in the forests of Tiryani mandal for the last two-and-a-half months. They managed to escape twice from the police who were carrying out combing operations in the forests in Tiryani mandal this week.
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