Martyrs Week begins in Andhra Odisha Border
Visakhapatnam: In the backdrop of continuous combing operations by
security personnel including CRPF, BSF and districts cops in the Andhra
Odisha Border (AOB), Maoists commenced the week-long Martyrs Week at
several places on Thursday. Earlier on Wednesday, in-charge DGP N
Sambasiva Rao had conducted aerial survey in Visakha Agency along with
intelligence chief additional director general AB Venkateswara Rao,
North Coastal IG Kumar Biswajit and Visakha Rural SP Rahuldev Sharma.
According to sources, CPI Maoists inaugurated a pylon at Pedabayalu
mandal under the leadership of Pedabayalu committee commander Manganna.
At Malkangiri district, a four-hour long meeting was held at Decarpodhar
near Panasaput. The banned outfit paid tributes to martyrs at
Amapavalli area in Nandapur area on the other side of the AP border.
According to police sources, the Maoists tied banners and pamphlets
at Nurmathi and other areas of G Madugula mandal. “With the help of
their colleagues from Odisha, naxals observed the martyrs week in the
district interiors. We have information that some of the big leaders of
AOB also attended the meetings,” a senior cop in the anti naxal force on
condition of anonymity said. Two days earlier, naxals had paid tributes
to martyrs Kudumula Ravi, Azad, Kamala and Anand at Kumkumpudi by
writing their names on a huge pylon painted red. Cops suspect the Reds
may inaugurate a martyrs pylon in Kannavaram village this week.
High alert in Jharkhand ahead of Maoist martyrs’ week
RANCHI: A high alert has been declared in Jharkhand following reports
of CPI (Maoist) planning to observe martyrs’ week from July 28 to
August 3. Annual event to remember the “supreme sacrifices of the brave
comrades who have laid down their lives in the effort to make the
people’s revolutionary war a success,” the martyrs’ week is usually an
occasion of spirited Maoist activities.
Two days before the martyrs’ week begins, police have started extensive
area domination exercises and long range patrolling in areas where
Maoists have released posters to announce the martyrs’ week. The
state police suspect that the Maoists would try to mark the occasion
with attacks on police/security establishments and important
IG operations M S Bhatia said posters have been found in Gumla. “We
have information that the Maoists are planning to observe the occasion
with all seriousness. They usually try to attack security forces to mark
the occasion. An alert has been sounded,” Bhatia said.
The alert, sent to all the SPs and CRPF units deployed in the
countryside to assist the police, has asked them to remain vigilant and
do not allow any operational laxity during operations, area domination
exercises and long range patrolling. The district police have also been
asked to ensure security of installations which are strategically
important but vulnerable as they are located in deep Maoist pockets.
In Maoists calendar Martyrs’ week assumes the place of highest
significance. Maoist leaders gather villagers in inaccessible jungles
where programmes are held to glorify the lives of communist
revolutionaries like Charu Majumdar and Kanu Sanyal, the founders of the
Naxalbari movement. They also urge people to join their ranks to
further the revolutionary war against the state. Movements of Maoists
from one place to another place to organize such meetings usually give
police a chance to trap them.
In some districts of Jharkhand the police have been asked to be
watchful against the movement of Maoist groups. The focus areas are
Jharkhand-Bihar border. It is suspected that after Aurangabad encounter
Maoists will move towards Jharkhand. Similar focus has been paid to
Jharkhand-Chhattisgarh border where Maoists are very active.
“During the week-long event we will work in coordination with police
of neighboring states,” said Bhatia. This year the martyrs’ week throws
more challenges for police because Maoists are reportedly in high
spirits following recent encounters which caused grater loss to police.
Meanwhile, the CPI (Maoist) has given a call to observe Martyr’s
Memorial Week from July 28 to August 4. As part of it, it proposes to
organise meetings and protest against killing of extremists.
“Maoists will observe Martyr’s Memorial Week in the Agency areas,
particularly on the Andhra Odisha Border (AOB), Telangana-Chhattisgarh
border, and in the tribal hamlets of East Godavari and Visakhapatnam
districts. Public representatives and bureaucrats who are on the hit
list are cautioned against going in to villages without prior
intimation,” a police officer said. jawans and a police
constable in Gumla. In recent past they have successfully instilled fear
in people after they killed some civilians for allegedly helping police