Maoists killing exposes AP police failures

The killing of Araku MLA Kidari Sarveswara Rao and former MLA Somu by outlawed CPI (Maoists) has sent shock waves among the leaders and party functionaries of various political parties. It has exposed the negligence attitude of AP police, who seems to be in over confidence viewing that they had almost resolved Maoists problem.

Every one knows about the strong presence of Maoists in Andhra-Odissa border (AoB), from where they were reportedly striked yesterday. The border is only 15 kms from the post, where they gunned down two TDP leaders. It is very rare for Maoists in uniform to strike an attack with such large number of about 50 and mostly women, to travel such distance. This has been nakedly exposing complete absence of police intelligence and also monitoring on Maoists movements.

Following this attack, High alert was announced at AoB. The local tribals became angry towards police negligence and attacked two polilce station immediately after the incident. They set fire those stations. With the instructions of Home minister N Chinnarajjappa, six base camps to be set up at Dumbriguda and other areas of agency.

Police are stating that the diseased MLA was receiving threats from Maoists since two months and he was on his way to attend an official programme `Grama Darshini’ in a remote village. His programme schedule was informed to local TDP cadre three days in advance, which helped Maoists to prepare perfectly for the attack. He even informed the local police office on the previous night. But practically no precautionary measures, like area domination and keeping vigil on the route, were taken.

It may be recalled that after the gap of 14 years, Maoists have gunned down a prominent leader in the agency area of Visakhapatnam by killing. It may be the first such high-profile incident after bifurcation of the state, four years ago.

In recent years, the Maoists have suffered set back as scores of their cadre killed in the encounters or surrendered before the police in the agency area particularly in AoB. Most of the Moist cadre left to other place as combing operations intensified by the special party police in recent years. Earlier, Maoists killed M Venkata Raju, husband of former Tribal welfare minister M Manikumari in March 2004. Since then, there was no major incident of killing a prominent leader. Maoists have targeted and threatened local village and mandal level leaders in recent years.

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