Officials fear Naxal resurgence

The arrest of three persons, including the manager of an infrastructure company from Andhra Pradesh, by Gadchiroli police on Saturday has again sparked apprehensions about a possible Naxal resurgence in the southern state.

Maoists were believed to have been wiped out in the Andhra districts bordering Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Orissa. However, officials believe that in the wake of the Telangana agitation, the Maoists may be regrouping and clandestinely resuming operations.

A senior police officer who has worked closely with the Andhra Police for a long time said: "After all these years of retreat, Naxals are trying hard to regain their hold once again. They are silently recruiting in districts like Adilabad, Warangal and Karimnagar. Extortion and civilian murders are now showing an upward incline. A lot of Congress leaders from many villages have run away. Apparently, Telangana agitation and sentiment are in a way helping the Maoist resurrection in AP and nobody is talking about it yet."

The officer also believes that the long Maoist silence in 2012 shouldn't be seen as a sign that they have been beaten.

"They have concentrated on consolidation in 2012 and hence not got into any major action. Resurgence in Andhra could well be one of their focal activities this year," the officer said.

The infrastructure company whose manager was held last week is working on a canal of a proposed inter-state irrigation project, and officials said Venkatramma Reddy was on a "clandestine" mission to help Maoists in Gadchiroli when he was arrested.

The two held along with him were Chinmaya Soyam, a former sarpanch of a village in neighbouring Adilabad district of Andhra, and a local NCP leader and the former chairman of Sironcha Panchayat Samiti, Suryanarayan Parpatwar.

Reddy is the manager-cum-supervisor for Sushee Infra Pvt Ltd, a firm based in Hyderabad, according to Deputy Inspector General (Gadchiroli range) Ravindra Kadam. The firm is working on the Pranhita-Chevella inter-state irrigation project which is expected to be a soother for the strife-affected Telangana region.

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