Massive anti-Maoist ops on AP-Odisha border

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 25 Sep 2018 08:46:53


 

VISAKHAPATNAM,

AP Police Greyhounds and CRPF troopers launch operation after 50-60 Maoists gunned down TDP MLA K Sarveswara Rao and his party colleague and former MLA Siveri Soma


A DAY after Maoists gunned down a sitting MLA and a former legislator, personnel of the elite Greyhounds anti-Maoist force and the CRPF launched a massive combing operation in the tribal areas of Visakhapatnam district on Monday. The Andhra Pradesh Police Greyhounds and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers combed the tribal belt along the inter-State border with Odisha to flush out the insurgents.


About 50-60 Maoists, including women had participated in Sunday’s attack near Lipittuputtu village, about 15 km from the Odisha border. They gunned down K Sarveswara Rao, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MLA from Araku (Reserved-Scheduled Tribe) and his party colleague and former MLA Siveri Soma.


The armed guerrillas intercepted the TDP leaders’ vehicles and shot them dead after snatching weapons from their security guards. As the first major attack on legislators in more than a decade shocked the State administration, top police officers rushed to the region to redraw their strategy to counter Maoists.


Director General of Police R P Thakur was monitoring the situation. A team headed by Visakhapatnam Deputy Commissioner of Police K Fakeerappa, probing Sunday’s incident, on Monday visited the scene along with Visakhapatnam Rural Superintendent of Police, Rahul Dev Sharma. The team spoke to the eye-witnesses and the villagers. In a related development, the DGP has ordered the suspension of Amman Rao, Sub-Inspector of Dumbriguda police station for dereliction of duty. The action came amid allegations by the supporters of the slain leaders that the police failed to protect them. The villagers on Sunday staged violent protests against the alleged police negligence.


They ransacked Dumbriguda and Araku police stations and attacked police personnel.The tribal region remained tense with huge deployment of police force and a two-day shutdown called by the supporters of the slain leaders. The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) suspended bus services while shops and business establishments remained closed.

 

Attack on TDP leaders was led by woman CPI(Maoist) AOB member


VISAKHAPATNAM,

POLICE on Monday claimed to have obtained vital clues in the killing of two TDP leaders by CPI (Maoists), saying the attackers were led by a woman member of its Andhra-Odisha Border committee.


A senior police officer, overseeing a joint combing operation by Andhra Pradesh and Odisha police in the border areas to trace the outlaws, said the assailants were led by Aruna, a member of the CPI (Maoist) AOB Committee.
“We have preliminary information that the attack on the TDP leaders was led by Aruna. She led a team of Maoists to Araku 10 days ahead and conducted a recce before executing the killings,” he said. The execution was suspected to have been plotted by Maoist AOB Committee secretary Ramakrishna and his key aides, he said.


Incidentally, Ramakrishna and other key members of the AOB Committee had a narrow escape in the October 24, 2016 encounter in Odisha, in which 27 ultras were gunned down by AP, Odisha and Central police forces in a joint operation.


Meanwhile the last rites of the two TDP leaders were performed in Visakhapatnam Agency (area dominated by tribals) on Monday.