Govt warns states of big strikes by Maoists

Fearing attacks by CPI(Maoist) cadres on the first death anniversary of Mallojula Koteswara Rao alias Kishenji, the Union government has issued an alert to Naxal-hit states and Central paramilitary forces, asking them to work out a strategy and target suspected rebels.

"We have advised state police and Central security forces to start operations against suspected Naxals," said a Home Ministry official.

Maoists have preponed dates for celebration of People's Liberation Guerrilla Army week to November 25 to coincide with the death of Kishenji. Maoists usually mark the foundation day of the outfit between December 2 and 8. However, the rebels have "shifted the dates of PLGA activities... to launch attacks on security forces," reads a Home Ministry advisory sent to states and paramilitary forces. Ministry officials said Maoists may launch a fierce attack on infrastructure, economic assets, and even try to target the Railways. Intelligence agencies have learnt that the Naxals have constituted a special action team to strike security forces and government establishment. Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Jharkhand and West Bengal have been asked to remain on high alert.

Kishenji, Maoist's military leader, was gunned down in a joint operation by the CRPF and West Bengal Police on November 24 last year at Junglemahal.

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