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Caught between Police and Maoists, Tribals Remain Indoors

Published: 03rd March 2016 04:56 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd March 2016 08:08 AM   |  A+A-

KHAMMAM: While guns have fallen silent after the Tuesday morning Maoist encounter, an unsettling calmness has since then prevailed in the villages surrounding Chintavagu forest area in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh.

Tribals are afraid to venture out and are confining themselves to their houses since Tuesday.

Kursam Nagaiah of Tippapuram village in Cherla mandal said, “We are getting sandwiched between Police and Maoists”.

CAUG.JPGAs per Intelligence reports, a high alert has been sounded in Telangana-Andhra Pradesh-Chhattisgarh border areas following the encounter, to prevent revenge attacks by the ultras.

It may be recalled that as many as eight Maoists, including five women, were gunned down by the Greyhounds forces on Tuesday.

Since then, Greyhounds, CRPF, Cobra and special party police have intensified combing operations to find the top Maoist leaders, who reportedly escaped the encounter.

Police officials identified three more deceased. They are: Kothakonda Srujana (29), resident of Paidipalli in Hasanparthy mandal of Warangal, who joined Maoists 10 years ago, Danasari Sarakka, resident of Kothaguda mandal of Warangal, a close relative of Haribhushan, party state secretary.

The third deceased is Madakam Bandi, a resident of Gollaguppa in Yetapaka mandal.

The remaining deceased are yet to be identified.

Meanwhile, Amaraveerula Bandhumitrula Sangham president B Anjamma, while speaking to the media in Bhadrachalam on Wednesday, condemned the police action, alleging that it was a case of fake encounter.

They also requested intellectuals to take up the case and question the KCR government, who had assured to make the state ‘fake-encounter free’.

The activists demanded booking cases under section 302 of IPC (murder) against police personnel involved in the encounter. “People will teach a befitting lesson to KCR’s government at the right time,” they added.

Relatives of Yusuf Bee alias Sony and Sarakka took their bodies.

The remaining six bodies have been kept in the mortuary.

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