Maoists tighten grip on Vizag area, seize roads
Posted by Admin on November 5, 2009
Maoists have further stepped up activities in the Visakhapatnam Agency area along the Andhra Pradesh-Orissa border after calling a two-day bandh. On Wednesday, they again felled trees and set up more blockades on roads leading to villages to check the movement of security forces.
All these tribal villages are covered under the Integrated Tribal Development Agency and called the Vizag Agency area.
While police are not using vehicles for anti-Maoist operations out of fear of landmine blasts, at least five CRPF companies, Greyhounds personnel and police parties are carrying out combing operations on foot in the area.
In a message to Maoists to desist from violence, Director General of Police R Girish Kumar on Wednesday said if the Maoists resorted to violence, the state police will retaliate with full fire power.
The bandh was declared by the CPI (Maoists), AP-Orissa Special Zone, in protest against the operations by security forces against Maoists in the neighbouring states. It is believed that the Maoists displaying their might by way of bandhs to secure a stranglehold on tribal areas. IE