Visakhapatnam: Officials have sounded a high alert in Vizag Agency and along Andhra-Odisha Border (AOB) as the annual People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) Week commenced on December 2. The Maoists will observe the event until December 8.
The police have intensified combing operations whereas Maoists are requesting the youth in tribal pockets to join their outfit to fight against the government. Officials have found Maoist posters at various locations in the Vizag Agency on Monday. Maoists, under the banner of Galikonda Area Committee of the banned CPI (Maoist), prepared the posters in Telugu, asking the people to join them to fight against injustice.
According to sources, Maoists would conduct meetings and rally in all villages during the PLGA week. During the time, the rebels usually focus on recruiting new cadres and pay tributes to those killed in encounters with police and security forces. However, this year, they are gearing up for violence to show their presence and to take revenge on security forces for killing their leaders and cadres in the firefight.
The police are using drones at Chintapalli and few other areas as a part of security measures and for seizing suspected individuals. Vizag Rural Police Chief, Babujee Attada, says, “We have requested political leaders of various parties to avoid moving into interior areas without informing the police. We have also advised them to be careful during the PLGA week.” He added that they are asking Tribals to be bold and to counter any attack by Maoists on fellow tribals in the name of being police informers.
Central forces such as BSF and CRPF have been requested to remain vigilant and keep watch on Maoist activities in Vizag Agency and AOB. Given the weeklong programme, a high warning has been issued in all districts bordering Odisha and Chhattisgarh to prevent any untoward incident.