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Maoists reorganise set-up to form platoons

By M.V. Subramanyam

CUDDAPAH, MARCH 18. The CPI (Maoist) has formed 30-member platoons in the State, by reorganising Special Guerrilla Squads.

Ten-member dalams have been reorganised into sections and a strategy has been evolved to organise mass attacks by platoons and individual attacks by sections, according to informed sources.

The Pincha, Palakonda and Seshachalam area committees, Bahuda and Papaghni dalams and five-member action teams have been disbanded.

A Madduleti platoon has been formed in Cuddapah district with district committee organiser, Sadhu Ramesh, as commander, sources say.

Movement of naxalites has increased in the politically-significant Cuddapah district, native of the Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy. Maoists are planning mass attacks on unsuspected and unguarded targets in Nallamala forest zone. In this backdrop, the police are gearing up to counter any offensive. Of 63 police stations in the district, Rayachoti, Tsundupalle, Sambepalle, Chinnamandem and Veeraballe in Rayachoti rural circle, Rayachoti urban police station, Lakkireddipalle, Galiveedu, Chakrayapet and Ramapuram police stations are protected by adequate number of guards to counter naxal offensive. The remaining ones are guarded by a sentry each, mainly on station-watch duty.

Key post vacant

The police are hard-pressed with the OSD (Operations) post lying vacant from nine months since M. Lakshmi Reddy took over as Additional SP (Administration) and with VVIP security in the district, frequented by the Chief Minister, Ministers, MPs and MLAs, corporation chairmen and senior officials, sources said.

Naxals were moving in big numbers under the six sensitive police station limits -- Rayachoti, Tsundupalle, Sambepalle, Chinnamandem, Chakrayapet, Galiveedu and Lakkireddipalle -- besides Mydukur constituency causing concern, the Cuddapah SP, V.C. Sajjanar, told The Hindu. These stations were placed on high alert and the challenge was to protect unguarded police stations, he said.

Protecting YSR Estates

Police platoons were deployed to protect YSR Estates at Idupulapaya, near Vempalle, and the houses of the Chief Minister and his relatives at Pulivendula, the SP said. Naxal of late were attacking unarmed targets, the SP noted.

Security had been beefed up for the MLAs and important leaders, besides monitoring their movements, he said. "We are in touch with the neighbouring SPs and planning joint operations," he added.

Frequenting villages

While CPI (Maoist) members are frequenting the naxal-affected constituencies of Rayachoti and Lakkireddipalle, Janashakti naxals reportedly visited Mydukur and Kasinayana mandals within a fortnight and enquired about landlords and moneylenders demanding high interest etc., the SP said. Maoists were no more forewarning targets, he said.

Combing operations have been intensified in naxal-affected mandals and Mydukur constituency, besides intensive vehicle checks, he stated.

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