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Congress striking a deal with Maoists, say police

Author: S. Harpal Singh
Publication: The Hindu
Date: October 7, 2018
URL:      https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-telangana/congress-striking-a-deal-with-maoists-say-police/article25147423.ece

Intelligence reports say that, during poll campaign, the Maoists will target TRS and BJP and not Congress

Have the Maoists decided to support the Congress in the coming election in Telangana? At least the State police department thinks so and asserts that the Left-wing extremists are striking a deal with the opposition party in this regard.

A memorandum on police strategy to tackle perceived naxal violence during the election says intelligence reports point out that the Telangana State Committee of Maoists will clearly target Telangana Rashtra Samiti and Bharatiya Janata Party for their attacks during election campaign and not the Congress.

DGP’s memorandum

The memorandum which does not go into details of political-extremist nexus, was issued by the State Director General of Police M. Mahender Reddy on September 24, a day after Araku MLA in Andhra Pradesh -- Kidari Sarveswara Rao -- and former MLA Siveri Soma were killed by the outlaws.

It may be mentioned here that the police department had expressed apprehension last year of Maoists trying to regain a foothold in old united Adilabad district via the Adivasi-Lambada conflict. There was talk that the extremists were observing the violent incidents of November last year in Utnoor and surrounding places in Adilabad district apparently waiting for a chance to fuel further violence.

The memorandum mostly deals with the police strategy to counter anticipated naxalite violence but the preamble talks of the state of naxalism in Telangana.

It affirms that having lost leaders and cadres, the Maoists will frantically try to avenge losses and given an impression they they continue to wield influence on the ground.

Naxal campaign

The Telangana police, which is evidently monitoring the moves and movements of the Left-wing extremists, says the Maoists are camping in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh for the last two months formulating strategy to reorganise and consolidate by inducting new leadership and cadre from Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee to take on police forces.

Therefore, the outlawed party is likely to launch Tactical Counter Offensive campaign during the election as in the past, according to the memorandum.

"Police in Telangana has never really relaxed its efforts to contain naxalism," observed a police officer reacting to the mention of preparedness to take on Left-wing violence in the ensuing election.

"The intensive development of poorer areas and constant vigil has the extremists finding it extremely difficult to find a foothold again," he added of the efforts.


The memorandum warns of attempts by the naxalites to extort money from contractors of irrigation and road projects coming up on the inter-State border with Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra.

Hence, this is the right moment for police to preempt the nefarious designs of Maoists, it added.

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