worried calm prevails in villages tucked away along the shores of the Godavari adjoining neighbouring Chhattisgarh after the Maoists conducted a “Praja Court” in the interior Mukunur village of Mahadevpur mandal on Thursday.
Security forces have been placed on high alerted following intelligence inputs that the Maoists might strike hard by committing a series of offences during the forthcoming elections to the local bodies in Karimnagar district and in the north Telangana region.
The north Telangana region comprising of Karimnagar, Adilabad, Warangal and Nizamabad districts was once considered a stronghold of the Maoists with the operations conducted by North Telangana Special Zone Committee (NTSZC), which was an alternative body to the central committee. After pro-active steps by the police, Maoists lost foothold in the region. In order to regain their supremacy, the Maoists have started recruitment of cadre. In towns, the Maoists have begun recruitment by forming the Urban Sub-Committees (USCO). In rural areas, the youth are recruited and trained in Chhattisgarh before being sent back to their villages to serve as party informers. Ever since the Maoists retreated into the forests of Chhattisgarh, the district police failed to collect much information about their activities. “The intelligence collections from the Maoists have literally stopped and the newly recruited Sub-Inspectors of Police are unaware about the left-wing extremism”, they added.
Maoist movement was being witnessed in the Manthani revenue division of Mahadevpur, Mahamutharam, Tadicherla and Kataram mandals and also in Sarangapur, Raikal, and Mallapur mandals all along the shores of river Godavari of Jagtial division. “The conduct of Praja Court was only a beginning,” sources said.
Meanwhile, security has been beefed up for Minister for Civil Supplies D. Sridhar Babu, who hails from the district.
The Minister was advised not to venture into the rural areas without prior permission of the police.