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On high alert

Police in once naxal affected districts of Warangal, Karimnagar and Nizamabad are on high alert keeping a close watch on possible Maoist activities.

There is an armed squad movement in Warangal district unlike in the past but definitely the naxal movement is completely out yet. Increased vigilance and intensive combing operations by the police drove out the armed naxals from the district into neighbouring districts and States.

Two months ago, there was input that some naxals were seen moving in Parkal and Bhupalpalli area but they were proved wrong.

The police in Warangal district are gathering intelligence from informers in villages, patrolling in plains clothes and combing the forest area which play host to the armed cadre of Maoist party. Recently, some student unions organised a memorial meeting of slain naxalite Vivek on Kakatiya University campus which only indicates that there are sympathisers for the movement still.

Karimnagar police have been put on high alert following the Maoists conducting the martyrs’ memorial week. Though, there is no presence of Maoist naxalites, the district police have intensified area domination and combing operations all along the borders of the district with Chhattisgarh.

They said that the naxalites had last conducted an offence of conducting praja court in Mukunuru village of Mahadevpur mandal in December 2014 and thrashed some upper caste community persons for their alleged anti-dalit activities in the village.

During the period, around 30 armed naxalites visited the village and conducted the praja court for over five hours and later retreated to neighbouring State. Similarly, in January this year, the naxalites had sent threatening letters to elected representatives of Kataram mandal to mend their ways and stop harassing dalits.

Nizamabad, once the citadel for the naxalite movement has been quite peaceful since one decade. Now it can be said that there are no signs of movements of naxalites. Barring a couple of incidents of poster pasting on walls in the name of Maoists here and there the naxalite activities came to a grinding halt. Wall posters appeared in villages mostly in Sirikonda, Darpally, Machareddy, Kammarpally, Domakonda and Kamareddi mandal which are located on the border of Karimnagar and Medak district some time back. At certain other places largely in Kamareddi area posters used to appear in the name of CPI (ML)-Janashakti. However, the police took into custody a few activists and registered cases against them. However, two three underground activists from the district are still working in the Dandakaranya dalams.


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