The Andhra Pradesh-Chhattisgarh border area in Khammam district is again turning into a Maoist hotbed, with frequent attacks being reported. Maoists flee back to Chhattisgarh after attacks in Andhra.
Officials believe the attacks are meant to instill fear among the villages after a streak of unexpected surrenders by many Maoist leaders and cadre from Gadchiroli and Khammam.
More than 150 members have surrendered in the past few months, including members of South Division in Gadchiroli, Maitha Militia in Chattisgarh, Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee and leaders of Dummugudem Mandal of Khammam.
“There is some activity along the border on both sides. The terrain along the Chhattisgarh border is conducive for the Maoists to move freely and they are crossing over often to create trouble and fear, to show their presence and then sneak back across the border,” said the DIG, Special Intelligence Branch, V C Sajjanar.
“It was a setback for them and they are launching attacks and destroying infrastructure and threatening contractors to establish their hold in villages. In December, they shot dead a labourer accusing him of being a police informer. They are digging up roads, destroying construction equipment and cellphone towers,” an official said.
The number of incidents of firing on police and forest officers has also steadily increased. On January 13, security forces exchanged heavy fire with Maoists who apparently came from Sukuma, Chhattisgarh. Two policemen and several Maoists were injured in the gunfight, officials claimed.