ANDHRA PRADESH

Maoists down but not out: DGP

SMART WORK: Director-General of Police M.A. Basith having a look at rocket heads and spare parts at Guntur on Thursday. Photo: T Vijaya Kumar  

Staff Reporter

7 rocket launchers, 272 rockets recovered from a dump in Prakasam

DGP holds review meet with two district police officialsPolicemen told not to be complacent

GUNTUR: Though the Communist Party of India (Maoist) has changed its operational tactics by shifting its base from Nallamalla region to Andhra-Orissa Border and Andhra Chattisgarh border areas, the police should not allow Maoists to regroup in Nallamala, Director General of Police M.A. Basith said on Thursday.

After holding a review meeting with the top police officers of Guntur and Prakasam districts at the District Police Office here on Thursday, he told mediapersons that 7 rocket launchers, 272 rockets and spares pertaining to another 112 were recovered from a Maoist dump at Pullalacheruvu mandal of Prakasam district in a joint operation conducted by Guntur and Prakasam police.

With this 1,250 rockets and 32 launchers out of 1500 rockets and 40 launchers sent by Thota Kumara Swami alias Tech Madhu from Chennai to Nallamalla through different routes were confiscated by the police till now, the DGP said while cautioning the police not be complacent.

He said they had clues about the remaining 250 rockets also and would very soon recover them. Mr. Basith congratulated the police personnel for unearthing the dump."We must bring more pressure on Maoists and should not allow them to regroup in Nallamalla as it was still a safe haven for them," Mr. Basith opined.

The State would turn like Chattisgarh if the police were not vigilant, he opined. There were six encounters in the areas bordering Chattisgarh and Orissa recently, he said.

The joint operation was conducted under the supervision of Guntur SP B. Shivadhar Reddy and Prakasam SP Vineet Brijlal, said Inspector General of Police Satyanarayan.

Another haul

In another seizure on Wednesday the police recovered 47 anti-personnel pressure mines, pressure mine spares, a tapancha, an SBBL gun, a walkie talkie, detonator caps and grenade strikers, 2,200 propeller blades, 271 rocket caps, 101 rocket heads and 112 pipes, along with four landmines from Ravulapuram and Remidicherla in Guntur district.