ANDHRA PRADESH

Maoists spreading base in coastal region

Special Correspondent

GUNTUR: Arrest of two key Communist Party of India (Maoist) commanders from Tenali in the coastal region of Guntur district has given credence to the rumours that the naxalite movement was witnessed in Nallamalla region in Guntur district.

The police now are looking into the possible ploy of Maoists to spread their wings in the coastal region at a time when people suspect least that such activities would take place in this region.

Guntur Superintendent of Police Mahesh Chandra Laddha said on Sunday that they were cautiously looking into all the inputs they were getting on naxal movements as elections were nearing and they did not want to take any chances.

Arrest of two key women activists working in the Commander cadre had really surprised them that too a woman of commander’s rank from the Central Technical Team based at Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh, where all the Maoist activity was taking place these days.

This, the police believe, could be a diversionary tactics or they would have thought it to be a safe place for them to shelter their cadre as vigilance in this region was not as high as that in Palnadu or Nallamalla region.

Hailing from Yellakallu village in Kalwakurthy mandal of Mahbubnagar district, Nagella Chandra Kala alias Swarnakka had joined the Maoist party in 1999 encouraged by dalam commander Janardhan and was used as special protection squad member for Sambasivudu and State secretary Madhav at several meetings.

Such a strong team staying put in Tenali raises several questions on the movements of Maoists in the coastal region and police vigilance/intelligence on these activities. Sudha, however, says she had fled the Central technical committee work and was working for a frontal organisation at Tenali.

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