With three arrests, officials fear resurgence of Maoist activities in AP

The Gadchiroli police have arrested three persons, including a manager of an infrastructure company in Andhra Pradesh that is working on a proposed inter-state irrigation project, who were on some "clandestine" mission to help Maoists in the district.

The arrest has raised questions about Naxal resurgence in AP districts adjoining Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Orissa, years after they were wiped out from there.

Venkatramma Reddy was arrested Saturday along with Chinmaya Soyam, former sarpanch from a village neighbouring Adilabad district of Andhra Pradesh and a local NCP leader and a former chairman of Sironcha Panchayat Samiti Suryanarayan Parpatwar. The arrests happened in the jurisdiction of Jimalgatta police station in Aheri tahsil of the district. Sources said the three were allegedly organising some "logistical" support for Naxals.

Deputy Inspector General of Policve (Gadchiroli range) Ravindra Kadam refused to share further details saying, they were operational details.

Accordoing to Kadam, Reddy is the manager-cum-supervisor of Sushee Infra Pvt Ltd, a Hyderabad-based firm working on Pranhita—Chevella inter-state irrigation project

As reported earlier by The Indian Express, the project, coming up as a soother for strife-affected Telangana region, is yet to receive an environmental and Forest Department clearances. But canals are already being built right up to Hyderabad.

"It's an irony that a project that is coming up for Telangana should be used by Naxals for extracting logistical support from managers of companies working on the project," said an official on condition of anonymity.

The Telangana agitation, often seen as having Maoist support, is attributed to regional discrimination by successive governments.

It is gathered that the company is owned by a prominent Legislator and a former minister. There are rumours of Gadchiroli police feeling pressure from Andhra Pradesh ever since Reddy was caught. It is not yet clear if Reddy was personally involved in the mission or was doing his bit as company supervisor.

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