Maoist bandh on Nov 3; AP & TS on high alert

Hyderabad: The two Telugu States of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh have gone on high alert following a bandh call given Maoists to protest against the killing of 34 Ultras on the Andhra-Odisha border on October 24. The Maoists also called for bandh on November 3 in three other states of Odisha, Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh.

The Telangana and AP police forces have taken unprecedented security measures in both states. The police seemed to have gathered enough evidence about the Maoists’ plans to target important leaders in both states. It is also claimed that the police managed to lay their hands on a hit list containing the names of important leaders like AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.

In view of the volatile situation following the killings of Maoists in AOB and gunning down of SIMI activists in Bhopal, both the state and central intelligence authorities have chalked out a comprehensive security plan on the bandh day, Thursday.

The security agencies have issued strict advisory to the Telugu CMs as well as all ministers and legislators not to venture out to remote places. In fact, in view of this advisory, KCR who planned to stay in his farm house had to rush back to the state capital within an hour on Tuesday.

The Telangana police have initiated extra security measures in the Naxalite infected places like Adilabad, Asifabad, Mancherial, Jagtiyal, Peddapally, Karimnagar, Kothagudem and Khammam. Apart from increasing patrolling in the areas, the police have also erected check posts at important junctions and points and stepped up search operations of all vehicles.

Incidentally, on the bandh day (Thursday), the High Court is to hear the AP government and police arguments in the case surrounding the mysterious disappearance of top Naxalite leader Ramakrishna alias RK who was said to have been present at the encounter site. 

Civil liberties organizations have claimed that police had captured RK and he was under their custody. Expressing fears that RK might be eliminated by the police, the rights organizations and RK’s wife Sirisha moved the High Court last week pleading that he be produced before the court. Meanwhile, it is learnt that the Maoists have launched their own combing operations in the forest area of AOB to trace their missing leader RK.

–NSS

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