Tension gripped the Agency areas of Andhra Odisha Border (AOB) in North Andhra districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam as Maoists gave a call for week-long celebrations of its formation from September 21 to 27. All police stations in the Agency areas have been alerted about a possible strike by the extremists.
Meanwhile, combing operations along the AOB have been intensified by a special party from Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. Fear gripped the Agency areas of Gummalakshmipuram, Komarada, Kurupam and Makkuva mandals in the district. The entry of special police parties into the villages has taken the tribals by surprise.
The counter action teams have also been pressed into service in the Agency areas. The bomb squads are engaged in thorough inspection of the forest areas to look for possible presence of landmines. All vehicles proceedings to Odisha are being checked and strangers are being frisked.
It may be recalled that Maoist activities have increased in the Narayanapatna block in Koraput district along the AOB. The police are trying to prevent the entry of top Maoists into Visakhapatnam district through Komarada and Gummalakshmipuram areas via Narayanapatna.