G. Narasimha Rao
Meeting held to discuss plans to carry out ‘lightning strikes’
VISAKHAPATNAM: Concerned over the loss of some of its top leaders and cadre either in encounters or through surrenders, the banned CPI (Maoist) is reportedly making major efforts to strike back at the police and thereby instil confidence in its cadre, militia members and sections of people supporting the party.
One major issue the party is concentrating on is to hit back at the police and the Government. It killed Zilla Praja Parishad vice-president Samida Ravishankar in May. And in the distant Nellore district, they made an attempt on the life of former Chief Minister and Visakhapatnam MP N. Janardhana Reddy and his Minister-wife Rajyalakshmi. Both incidents are related to the naxalite party’s strong opposition to bauxite mining in the Visakha agency area and setting up of alumina refineries in Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram districts.
The CPI (Maoist) is determined to retain its hold over the Visakha agency area as it had lost a strong ground in the Nallamala region. Even as the State police was increasing its pressure on the agency area and recently killed four naxalites in an encounter in G. Madugula mandal, the Maoist party is making all efforts to strengthen its hold. It is also reported that cadre from Orissa and Chattisgarh are being brought to this area.
As part of its plans to strike at the police, the Andhra Orissa Border State Zonal Committee’s military commission head Chalapathi, considered as one of the top strategists of the party, organised a meeting on the banks of Sileru river in Malkangiri district of Orissa.
About 30 persons of different cadre of the CPI (Maoist) from Andhra and Orissa areas had reportedly attended the meeting held from September 29 to October 1. Discussions were reportedly on strategy to carry out ‘lightning strikes’ against the police.