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Police gear up to weaken Maoist base in AOB area

Saturday March 24 2007 12:48 IST

VISAKHAPATNAM: While the battle between police and Maoists flares up in Andhra- Orissa border (AOB) area, 20 places in Visakhapatnam district have been identified as highly vulnerable to Maoist attacks. Besides, the police found that an action team of Maoists is moving in the Agency areas of the district and their activities could spill into the plain areas, including Visakhapatnam city.

According to official sources, the action team comprises Bakuri Venkataramana alias Ganesh Vijay alias Chakali Niranjan, Poduvu Bhupati alias Bangarraju, Krishna, Boya Sanjeeva Rayadu alias Mahendra, Kudumula Venkata Rao alias Ravi, Kamaraju alias Ramadev and Killo Gantanna alias Anil. Each one of them carries a reward of Rs 3 lakh. CPI (Maoist) State committee member Chedda Bhushanam is also believed to be moving along the AOB.

The focus of the police is on flushing out Maoists from the AOB area as any major offensive by them in future can deal a big blow to the police. Combing has been intensified in the vicinity of 'Galikonda base area' which is one of the places where Maoists have been conducting camps for training and logistical purposes.

According to reliable sources, Maoists from district to state committee level frequently visit Galikonda area to execute plans and motivate cadres. In a significant move, the police have released posters with photographs of the action team members in Agency areas to alert the police and tribal people. The police are working out strategies to target the action team to make a dent in the Maoist bastion in the east division with due focus on GK Veedhi, Koyyuru and Chintapalli mandals.

In a related development, police of the three north coastal districts have started working together with the Special Operations Group of Orissa which is coping with the Maoist menace in Malkangiri, Rayagada and other districts bordering Andhra Pradesh.

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posted by Resistance 3/25/2007 02:19:00 PM,


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