Telangana

Police step up vigil

In view of the encounter that took place at Tadwai mandal in Warangal district which witnessed killing of two Maoists, the district police has increased the vigil across the district, more particularly in the border areas of Warangal district and in some areas where naxalism was prevalent once.

Though political leaders moved freely so far even in the remote areas without any hesitation so far, they may not be in a position to do so from now in view of the latest incident.

Two new recruits – Sruthi alias Mahita and Manikantha Vidyasagar Reddy alias Sagar- of Maoists were killed in the encounter and it was suspected that another 10 to12 members might have escaped from the police combing operation.

Though it was not clearly stated, police suspect that there is a possibility of Maoist leaders sneaking into the Medak area as well.

Not only that, it was feared that there was chance of retaliation as well by Maoists as they faced first encounter after formation of Telangana State.

“We have promised that Naxal agenda is our agenda and we are committed to implement their mode of development. But, what happened has put us in ‘catch-22’ situation. From now on, when we visit village we have to suspect everyone,” said a ruling party leader.

In a related development, the top bosses of the Police Department reportedly asked the staff to be alert at field level.

Probe sought

Warangal Special Correspondent adds: Human Rights Forum (HRF) general secretary V.S. Raju has alleged that the police lifted two Maoists and killed them brutally and it was not an exchange of fire.

Mr. Raju led a six member team on fact finding mission into the Moddulgutta forest area here on Friday. He demanded that a criminal case be booked against all the policemen who took part in the operation. The State government should promise that there would be no fake encounters henceforth. He demanded that the State government order a probe into the incident without involving the local police.



10 to12 members may have escaped during combing operation, officials say




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