60 police teams, including 25 special squads to comb Adilabad forests for Maoists


Kumram Bheem Asifabad: With a 5-member Maoist dalam that entered erstwhile Adilabad district continuing to be elusive, the district police has decided to deploy 60 police teams including 25 special squads to carry out intense combing operations in the forests to track down the ultras. The Maoist squad had managed to escape from the police in Tiryani mandal recently.

The special operation will be supervised by north zone Inspector General Y Nagireddy. A decision to this effect was taken at a review meeting held by Nagireddy in Kumram Bheem Asifabad district headquarters late on Thursday evening. The meeting was attended by in-charge SP Vishnu S Warrier, Ramagundam Commissioner of Police V Satyanarayana and Mancherial DCP D Uday Kumar Reddy and Asifabad ASP YVS Sudheendra.

Even as the 25 special police teams expand their dragnet and intensify combing operations, 15 police parties will simultaneously patrol rural areas and keep tabs on movement of strangers. Another 20 police teams will conduct vehicle checks in the entire district. “Serious efforts are on to nab the members of the squad,” Nagireddy said.

The top officer said that Kova Vasanth Rao, who was booked for providing shelter and food to the extremists, was produced before a court and sent to judicial remand. He warned that surveillance had been mounted on those who support the banned Maoists. He requested the public to share information about the naxals and announced cash rewards for informants.

The Maoist party’s squad led by Telangana State Committee Mailarepu Adellu alias Bhaskar, Varghesh, Mangu, Ajay, and Ramu, has been moving in the forests of Tiryani mandal for the last two-and-half-months. They managed to escape twice from the police parties that were carrying out combing operations in the forests in Tiryani mandal this week.

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