`Inactive Maoists working under Telangana banner`

The Special Intelligence Branch of AP Police, has reportedly gathered `credible information` about the outlaws carrying their activities under the banner of the Telangana Political Joint Action Committee.

Hyderabad: The fear of Maoists` spreading
their tentacles in Telangana region taking advantage of the
statehood agitation seems to be coming true, with security
agencies reporting that several "inactive" Maoists have
suddenly started participating in the political Joint Action
Committee on the issue.

The Special Intelligence Branch (SIB) of Andhra
Pradesh Police, which monitors the Maoists, has reportedly
gathered "credible information" about the outlaws carrying
their activities under the banner of the virtually-defunct
Telangana Political Joint Action Committee (JAC).

Though no Maoist leader worth the name is directly
involved in the statehood-related agitation, many recent
recruits in the force are said to be participating in the
programmes under the aegis of the JAC, top police sources

Their targets are the ruling Congress and the
opposition Telugu Desam Party, which they see as the main
forces blocking the creation of Telangana state.

"When the agitation for a separate state began in late
2009, some Maoist elements joined ranks with the students of
Osmania University and indulged in violence. Now, they seem to
have `graduated` to a higher level and started working under
the so-called political JAC, though the latter as such
exists only on paper," a top-ranking police official said.
While the political parties spearheading the statehood
agitation always claimed to be leading a peaceful struggle,
the violence that marked every major programme like the
`Million March` in Hyderabad clearly established the hand of
"militant elements", he added.

That the naxals, who ran riot in the Telangana region
of AP till early 2000s before successive governments totally
crushed them, began re-grouping became evident with the
killing of the deputy general manager of a private firm in
Warangal district recently.

"The killing of the DGM can`t be seen in isolation.
Our investigations revealed that the naxals carried out the
murder with a clear plan to announce their re-arrival in the
region," the police official pointed out.

The Telangana agitation opened up an avenue for the
Maoists to recruit cadres afresh in the region, police

These former naxals are now suspected to be pumping
money to their erstwhile colleagues and also helping in the
recruitment of new cadres for the Maoist party, he said.

"There is no conclusive evidence as yet on this modus
operandi but we have reports about money flowing from the
real-estate operators to some unidentified sources. The
Maoists are apparently among the beneficiaries," the
top-ranking police official noted.

In districts like Medak, Warangal and Karimnagar that
were once the hotbeds of naxalite violence, some underground
Maoists cadres have supposedly been taking shelter since the
statehood agitation reached a feverish pitch.

With the Telangana protagonists threatening to step up
their agitation even through violent means, police apprehend
that the Maoists might try to take advantage of the situation
and spread their activities.

"We have already sounded the Centre about this
possibility. On our part, we are keeping a close tab on the
activities of the JAC and its leadership. With the Central
security forces expected to return to the state, we can handle
the situation effectively," an Additional Director General of
Police said.


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