VISAKHAPATNAM: Top Maoist leaders are working on new strategies to regain their sway over the Andhra-Odisha Border (AOB) and also Telangana pockets. They have come to a conclusion that they lost the confidence of the tribals along the AOB. After discussions and inter-party meetings, the top guns have found some lapses at their end and hence decided to take important measures to regain their grip over their ‘once strongholds’.
Even as recruitment of cadre, rapport with tribals, procurement of modern weaponry and strengthening attack forces with three-layered security have been contemplated, the Maoists are learnt to have resolved not to kill innocent people in the attacks. According to the prevailing conditions in the state and the neighbouring states, the Maoists have found that the AOB is the best location to strengthen their movement.
After reviewing their existing strategies and the large number of surrenders in the recent times, the top Maoist leaders have expressed worry over their losing hold in the pockets of Visakhapatnam agency including GK Veedhi, Koyyuru, Paderu and Chintapalle areas. During the past five years, many hardcore Maoists and militia members from the agency have bid farewell to arms.
The Intelligence Bureau has already alerted the Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Odisha police about the Maoists’ plans and possible counter measures. The IB has also informed that the Maoist leaders are on a serious recruitment drive and are threatening contractors, who had taken up various development works in the dense forest areas. Already, some contractors expressed their reluctance to panchayat raj engineering wing as regards undertaking further road works.
“It is no surprise for the IB officials, who as part of their duty, have alerted the state police. During the past one decade, the Maoists have lost the confidence of the tribals despite the fact that they have sustained only with the help of tribals all these years. Against this backdrop, the police working in the agency have been on their toes,” a police official working in the Visakhapatnam agency told Express.