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Five more ‘former Naxals’ arrested

Posted by Indian Vanguard on September 13, 2007


Tuesday September 11 2007 06:12 IST

EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE

NELLORE: The police today took five more persons suspected to be former Naxals, into custody in connection with the abortive attempt on the lives of former chief minister Nedurumalli Janardhan Reddy and his minister wife Rajyalakshmi at Chendodugutta.

However, the police did not make any disclosures pertaining to the arrest of the former Naxals from Kota, Vakadu and Gudur mandals.

The sleuths probing the landmine blast triggered by the CPI (Maoist), also questioned some staff members of Nedurumalli Balakrishna Reddy Educational Institutions about the whereabouts of some old students.

Investigation officials, accompanied by CLUES team and sniffer dogs, intensified combing operations on Gudali Konda, a hillock located 1.5 km away from the blast site.

The extremists reportedly made the hillock with thick green cover their hideout and spent three months gathering information pertaining to the movements of Janardhan Reddy.

The investigation officials strongly suspect the involvement of some outsiders in the mine blast with the recovery of a Tshirt bearing the label of a hosiery unit in Tamil Nadu from the spot.

The police also intensified combing operations in Venkatagiri, Dakkali and Balayapalle mandals to track down Jana Sakthi group leader Eswar, who earlier threatened to eliminate Rajyalakshmi if she failed to change her style of functioning.

Meanwhile, the police let off Krishna Prasad of Pellakur mandal, who was taken into custody after the blast on Friday.

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Maoist sleeper cells active in Nellore

Posted by Indian Vanguard on September 13, 2007

Nellore, September 12: For long, mandals on the border as well as forest areas in Nellore district used to be a shelter or safety zone for Maoists. But the CPI (Maoist) seems to have kept as many sleeper cells as possible in place to carry out attacks at a designated time and place.

Police suspect that the CPI (Maoist) may have either roped in senior members or trained the sleeper cells who are loosely organised and can mix easily among the public through different modes to carry out attacks.

As a result, they made an abortive attempt recently to kill former Chief Minister and Visakhapatnam MP N. Janardhana Reddy through a landmine attack.
Shelter zones

After sensing that their action zone had started being squeezed out of the Nallamala forest area stretching across parts of Guntur, Prakasam, Kurnool and Nalgonda districts as well as some parts of the Telangana region with the police curtailing their presence to a large extent by making inroads into naxal strongholds, they reportedly took shelter in many boarder mandals. Besides, they chose some hideouts in some educational institutes at Vidyanagar and Kavali as well as at Busanaidupet fort in Siddeswaram forest area of Sitarampuram mandal.

However, some of them, especially the key members of the CPI (Maoist), were forced to leave the forest areas of Rapur, Sitarampuram, Duttalur, Varikuntapadu, Udayagiri, Dakkili, Venkatagiri and other border mandals after the sensational weapon seizure case. and the subsequent police encounters.
Optimum use

The police then realised that the CPI (Maoist) had made the best use of the district’s road and rail and connectivity, particularly National Highway (NH-5), for transporting arms and ammunition from Tamil Nadu by cargo movers to Prakasam, Mahabubnagar and other districts.

But the Maoists, after keeping mum for several months, reportedly activated sleeper cells in the district with the help of sympathisers, particularly students of some educational institutions, including an engineering college, with a view to launching attacks.

Though the police initially succeeded in arresting a few of the sympathisers besides nabbing the wife of Erra Satyam, who was the mastermind behind the attack on former Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu at Alipiri near Tirumala, and two other women at Ramalingapuram as well as arresting three Maoists at Bujabuja Nellore, they may not have completely broken the naxal network.

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