VISAKHAPATNAM:Do the Maoists plan to counter the State government’s strategy on bauxite mining? Going by their moves to retaliate the government’s unilateral decision, it certainly appears so. According to information, the Maoists have decided to depute special operation teams to the north coastal Andhra region to give a fitting answer to the government on the bauxite mining issue. The senior police officials have information and alerted their bosses on the possibility of the Maoist operations.
With the State government taking a U-turn on the bauxite mining in the green Visakhapatnam agency, the Maoists have put TDP activists and leaders on their hit list. The banned Maoists are planning special operations in the Visakhapatnam region in retaliation to the mining issue. According to highly placed sources, Panchayati Raj minister Ch Ayyanna Patrudu has received warnings from the Red-rebels on the bauxite mining in the agency. Meanwhile, all the TDP leaders and activists in the agency have started opposing bauxite mining and lending their support to the tribals.
The Left wing extremists of Vizag agency have been opposing bauxite mining since the proposal was mooted. Even when the State government did not take a formal decision, the Maoists opposed it by putting up posters, holding public meetings and conducting recces on the aluminium company.
The Maoists even kidnapped three TDP leaders, including the Chintapalle ZPTC, last month, giving scary moments to the tribals and TDP leaders in the agency. Though there were a few incidents like killing tribals branding them as police informers, the tribals seemed to be getting closer to the Maoists after the TDP government took the decision to mine the bauxite in the agency.
The latest reports said that Maoists reportedly warned Panchayati Raj minister Ch Ayyanna Patrudu and some other ministers in the agency. Agency sources said that the Maoists had prepared action teams and planned to launch attacks in the agency to make their presence felt. A tense situation has been prevailing in the agency for the last couple of days, marked with dharnas and protests by the local tribals with the support of Left parties.
“We have also alerted all our forces. Their strategy is guerilla operations which is very dangerous. According to the information, this time they will not limit their actions to the Agency areas but spread to all vulnerable spots in the district. We have already informed all the TDP leaders to move to safe zones,” said a senior police officer involved in anti-Maoist operations.
According to Maoist sympathisers, senior leaders are discussing the government’s move. Already security has been tightened and all TDP leaders in the region have been alerted.
All the government employees have expressed their dissent on the bauxite mining. After Diwali, the employees and teachers in the remote areas in the agency areas have decided to go on leave en masse due to the Maoist threat.