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January 5

Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram said that the extremists would be happy if political parties failed to hammer out a solution on Telangana.

January 6

A woman cadre of the Communist party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) Ravva Sathamma alias Bandi and four others - all members of a village-level committee floated by the outfit - surrendered before M. Raghuram Reddy, Additional Superintendent of Police (Khammam), Bhadrachalam.

Five more Districts - Adilabad, Karimnagar, Warangal, Kurnool and Chittoor - have been added to the list of those affected by extremist activity for the purpose of seeking Central funds for development of roads.

January 8

Andhra Pradesh Police arrested Tushar Kant Bhattacharya alias Srikant (50), a top leader of the CPI-Maoist, from Warangal on an unspecified date and was produced in a Warangal court.

Two area committee members of CPI-Maoist, Puvvala Mohana Rao alias Kumar of Vanakabadi village in G.L.Puram mandal (administrative unit) and Ariki Chinnammi alias Sarada of Dibbaguda in Sitampeta mandal in Srikakulam District surrendered before Superintendent of Police Y. Gangadhar and OSD (Vizianagaram), Navin Gulati.

Karimnagar First Additional Sessions Judge S.M. Rafi remanded CPI-Maoist's Maharashtra State committee member Ogge Chandramouli alias Mahender alias'CM' in judicial custody till January 19.

January 10

About 30 Naxalites (left wing extremists), at least 15 of them Gothikoya tribals, set ablaze a porcelain and a tractor of a civil contractor near Puligundala village under Dummugudem Police Station in Khammam District at around 11.30pm. They also set ablaze a tractor engaged in road-laying work. Police sources said the extremists were out to scuttle the progress of road works taken up on the inter-State border with Chhattisgarh.

January 12

Superintendent of Police Ch. Srikanth gave a cheque for INR 200, 000 to surrendered woman Naxalite G. Vijayalakshmi in Kurnool District.

January 13

Taking advantage of the prevailing volatile political situation in Andhra Pradesh, the CPI-Maoist may try to strengthen their base, Police officials have warned.

January 17

A former Naxalite was hacked to death by his rivals near the Ngarajunasagar Project Guest house in the Khammam town. The Police said that Nallamothu Venkateswarlu, 38, had earlier been associated with the Praja Pratighatana group of the CPI-Maoist.

February 7

The CPI-Maoist cadres abducted a Congress party leader and a former Telugu Desam Party (TDP) panchayat ward member in Koyyuru mandal (administrative division).

February 10

A leader of the Mohananna faction of the Praja Pratighatana Group of the Communist Party of India-Marxist Leninist (CPI-ML), Maddi Venkat Reddy, was among five Left Wing Extremists (LWEs) arrested by the Police in Yellandu in Khammam District.

The Rajiv Gandhi Foundation has sanctioned scholarships worth INR 70,000 to 34 children of the families affected by the LWE violence in Nalgonda District to enable them to pursue their studies.

February 12

The CPI-Maoist 'general secretary' Ganapathy admitted that the group has suffered a setback in Andhra Pradesh.

February 14

The CPI-Maoist gave a call for boycott of Justice B. N. Srikrishna Committee, entrusted by the Centre to look into formation of separate Telangana State from Andhra Pradesh issue, describing the terms of reference of the panel as "betrayal of people".

February 16

The Police arrested arms supplier Sanjay Khare charging him with supplying weapons to Naxalites in Yellandu.

February 17

A group of nearly 40 cadres and supporters of the CPI-Maoist destroyed household property of one Vijay Kumar, who was reportedly helping bauxite mining agencies, and computer and furniture in the office of the AP Coffee Development Corporation at R.V. Nagaram in the Visakha Agency area in Visakhapatnam District.

The CPI-Maoist politburo member Malla Raji Reddy jumped the bail and rejoined the movement. Reddy was arrested at Angamali on December 17, 2007, along with his wife Suguna by the Special Investigation Bureau (SIB) of the State Police.

February 22

25 persons belonging to G. Madugula and Pedabayalu mandals of CPI-Maoist surrendered at the G. Madugula Police Station. They were among the 75 villages identified by the Police for helping the Maoists.

February 23

About 25 cadres of the CPI-Maoist accompanied by around 30 militia members set ablaze a mobile phone tower room at Pedabayalu, the mandal (administrative unit) headquarters in Visakhapatnam District.

Mudupu Bal Reddy alias Balanna (37), Maddimalla Local Guerrilla Squad (LGS) 'deputy commander' of the CPI-Maoist, surrendered before Karimnagar District Superintendent of Police (SP) N. Shivashankar Reddy.

March 10

A woman CPI-Maoist cadre, Ipuri Yeshodamma (36), surrendered before Police in Guntur District due to ill health. She was the area committee member of the outfit for 15 years.

March 12

Two top leaders of the CPI-Maoist were killed in separate gun battles in Prakasam and Warangal Districts. Party central committee leader and former chief of the military commission in Nallamala forests, Sakhamuri Appa Rao alias Ravi alias Venkanna (55), was killed in exchange of fire near Nettikonda forests in Pullalacheruvu mandal (administrative unit) in Prakasam District. Kondal Reddy alias Tech Ramana (48) was shot dead in Bandala Kodishala forest village in Tadwai mandal in Warangal District.

March 15

Andhra Pradesh Police displayed a huge cache of arms and ammunition that was recovered from a CPI-Maoist hideout at Paidiparru near Tanuku in the West Godavari District on March 13.

March 16

Four leaders of the CPI-Maoist were arrested in near Jaggaram village in Thatilanka reserve forest of Bhadrachalam division in Khammam District.

March 18

Cadres of the CPI-Maoist shot dead a grocery shop owner, identified as Shaik Khaja, at his shop under Venkatapuram Police Station in Khammam District suspecting him to be a Police informer.

A Maoist couple, Mallesh alias Vinod and his wife Chaya alias Kavitha, who were active in Maharashtra, surrendered before Warangal District SP. Mallesh was Gadchiroli 'district division committee' member while his wife Chaya was 'mahila dalam commander' (women squad commander) of Devuru dalam in Maharashtra.

March 19

Two cadres of the CPI-Maoist, including a woman, suspected to be members of Sukhdev dalam (squad), were killed in an encounter with Police near Tadapala village in Venkatapuram forests in Khammam District.

March 31

Satyam Rao (47), a suspected Naxal (Left Wing Extremist), was arrested by Special Investigation Team (SIT) from Tangutur taluka in Nalgonda District of Andhra Pradesh. He was active in Gujarat.

April 19

Three persons were arrested and huge ammunition and weapons were seized on their way to Praja Pratighatana Naxalites at Zulkal crossroad in Sangareddy mandal (administrative unit) in Medak District.

April 22

Two cadres of the CPI-Maoist, including a woman, who were active in Chhattisgarh, surrendered in Adilabad District.

April 24

The CPI-Maoist cadres damaged two vehicles including one belonging to State Police and blocked roads by chopping down trees in Visakhapatnam District during their general shutdown.

May 5

A former activist of Salwa Judum (anti-Maoist vigilante group), Ravva Chaitanya (23), was shot dead by cadres of the CPI-Maoist at Chatti village under the Chinturu Police station limits in Khammam District. The Maoists who came from Banda area of Chhattisgarh, fired one round from a country weapon and slit his throat before fleeing. Chaitanya, who had been associated with the Salwa Judum in the Kunta division of Chhattisgarh, was reportedly cautioned by some of his relatives working for the Maoists in Bastar region.

Kusuma Kattaiah alias Umesh (45), a member of 'Regional committee' of North Maharashtra and South Gujarat State of the CPI-Maoist surrendered before the Police at Warangal. Kattaiah, a native of Suripally in Warangal District allegedly had close links with Maoist leader Kobad Gandhy.

May 6

Three cadres of the CPI-Maoist were arrested while moving along with firearms in a forest between Danavaipeta and Chintaguppa in the Charla Police station limits in Khammam District by a special Police party. They were identified as Kattam Ramaiah, Dirda Jogaiah and Musika Ingaiah.

May 7

CPI-Maoist Central Committee (CC) member Mohammed Hussain alias Sagar was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment by the Adilabad Excise Court Judicial First Class Magistrate G. Venu in a 1988 jail break case. The accused had escaped from Adilabad sub-jail along with other Maoists - Nalla Adi Reddy, Bandi Prakash and Munje Ratnaiah. While Nalla Adi Reddy, another CC member was killed in an encounter in Karimnagar District later, Bandi Prakash was convicted in the case, while Ratnaiah is still absconding.

May 13

CPI-Maoist cadres assaulted a construction contractor Raju and set ablaze the road-laying equipment near Nimmapadu village under Kudumulapalem panchayat (village level local self Government institution) in Chintapalli mandal in Visakhapatnam District.

Maoists organised a meeting at Nimmapadu village and warned that the Legislators and all other elected representatives down to panchayat ward member level must resign from their posts and from their respective political parties by May 20. Twenty women and around six men conducted the meeting while the women cadre spoke to the people.

May 14

According to intelligence inputs, the CPI-Maoist is planning to launch a major offensive in north-coastal Andhra Pradesh in the coming days and hit squads have already fanned out under orders from central regional committee commander Ch. Narayana Rao to target peoples' representatives.

May 24

B. Srinivas alias Manganna (23), a CPI-ML-Janashakti Manthani dalam (squad) 'commander' of Karimnagar District, was arrested by the Police from the State capital Hyderabad. A locally made revolver with two live rounds was seized from him.

The CPI-Maoist cadres killed B. Madhukar (25), upa sarpanch (deputy head) of Uppanapalli gram panchayat (village level local self Government institution) in Eturunagaram circle of Warangal District.

May 25

The Police arrested two pseudo Naxals (Left Wing Extremists) and recovered from them two locally-made weapons and ammunition in Dharmasagar circle in Warangal District. They were identified as Sk. Moulana Bhasa and one Ajay Dhimar.

The CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze a road-roller near Pilligedda village in the Visakha Agency area in G.K. Veedhi mandal (circle) in Visakhapatnam District.

May 26

A CPI-ML-Janashakti cadre, Kammari Tirupathi (30), surrendered at Sircilla in Karimnagar District.

May 27

Seven persons were arrested by Police at Nandigama in Krishna District on the charge of resorting to threats by claiming themselves as cadres of the CPI-Maoist. They were identified as Bezawada Nageswara Rao, Kalangi Kumar, Udaya Babu, Gangolu Ravi, Velpula Vidyasagar, Sk. Mastan and Pandi Swami.

June 2

A suspected Left Wing Extremist, N. Nandakumar alias Rangappa alias Ranganath (38), was arrested by the Andhra Pradesh Police in the State capital Hyderabad on an unspecified date and was handed over to Shimoga District Police in Karnataka the last week.

June 4

Police arrested 13 suspected sympathisers of the CPI-Maoist in East Godavari District.

June 6

Arava Guravaiah, a suspected sympathiser of the CPI-Maoist, was killed in a road accident at Remecharla in Bollapalli mandal (administrative unit) in Guntur District while Policemen were chasing him. Two Police Constables were also injured.

A Maoist arms dump was unearthed from the forest area abutting Akkapalem village in Pullalacheruvu mandal in Prakasam District within the Nallamalla forest range. The Police recovered 22 pipe cups, eight spare parts of rocket launcher, six aluminium pipes, 14 springs and a photo film.

June 13

Police arrested CPI-ML-Janashakti north Telangana secretary Moorthi Srinivas Reddy alias Yadanna on National Highway-7 at Tekrial village in Mahbubnagar District and recovered two 9 mm pistols, 19 rounds of bullets, detonators, 16 subscriber identity module cards, the free encyclopedia cards and one cell phone from him.

Chandrasekhar Gorebale alias Sudhakara alias Tippanna alias Nantappa, a cadre of the Karnataka State Committee of the CPI-Maoist was arrested at Aija village of Mahabubnagar District. Gorebale, who was in charge of North Karnataka Districts, was reportedly arrested while moving along with two others who managed to escape. Police suspect that the two who escaped could be Takkallapalli Vasudeva Rao alias Ashanna and Kanumukkula Ramesh alias Raju, known to be members of an Action Committee formed by the Maoist Central Committee. All the three cadres are members of the Maoist Military Commission and the Central Action Team.

June 16

A local court granted bail to CPI-Maoist leader Kobad Gandhy, as Police failed to file a charge sheet against him even after six months of his arrest in a conspiracy case. Karimnagar Additional Judicial First Class Magistrate P. Rajendra Reddy granted bail to Gandhy on condition that he shall appear before the Karimnagar rural Police once a month for a period of six months. The Karimnagar Police brought Gandhy from New Delhi in November 2009, on a production warrant, in connection with a case of conspiracy on a confession made by another Maoist leader Malla Raji Reddy.

June 23

A settler from Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh, identified as Babu Rao, was shot dead by a group of 15 CPI-Maoist cadres in Ringala village in Chintur mandal (administrative unit) of Khammam District. The Maoists dragged him out of his house and shot him dead accusing him of being a Police informer. Ringala is about three kilometres from the Chattisgarh border. The Andhra Pradesh Police had arrested him six months ago on charges of assisting the Maosits and working as a militant.

June 28

A militia member of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Pangi Raju (35), was arrested by the G. Madugula Police on the charge of possessing a grenade. He was returning after attending a meeting of the Maoists at Gorle Panuku village under Killamkota panchayat (village level self government institution) in Visakhapatnam District when he was intercepted by the Police.

July 2

A member of the Central Committee of the CPI-Maoist, Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad, was killed in a gunfight with the Police near Jogapur in the Adilabad District, Police claimed. Another Maoist cadre, who is yet to be identified, was also killed. Police also recovered an AK-47, a 9mm pistol and two kit bags from the site of the encounter. Azad, who carried a head money of INR 1.2 million, was also the spokesperson of the CPI-Maoist. Hailing from Krishna District, he was associated with the Maoist movement for four decades.

Following the killing of Azad, security agencies have sounded a high alert in Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and West Bengal.

Azad was given charge of the proposed guerrilla zone to be set up comprising areas coming under Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The Central Committee of the CPI-Maoist had decided to carve out a new special zonal committee (guerrilla zone) in South India along the lines of the Dandakaranya and the Andhra-Orissa Special Zonal Committees at a meeting held at Sringeri in Karnataka a few months ago.

July 3

A couple belonging to the CPI-Maoist who entered Andhra Pradesh from neighbouring Chhattishgarh was arrested from Khammam District. The couple was identified as Deva alias Devanna, an area committee member of Kunta in Chhattisgarh and his wife Jogi.

Four Naxalites (Left Wing Extremists) belonging to different groups surrendered before Police in Warrangal. Among the quartet who surrendered was CPI-Maoist Dandakaranya special zonal committee of East Bastar Mahila team commander Bejjala Komala alias Vijayakka alias Susheela, resident of Mogilicherla village of Geesukonda mandal. She carried a reward of INR 200,000 on her head. Her husband Bejjala Raju alias Jagadeesh, had surrendered in March 2010.

Police recovered a cache of explosives and other bomb-making material in separate raids in Karimnagar District and arrested three persons. The raids were conducted on houses and vehicles near the Huzurabad mandal (administrative unit) and two adjacent villages.

The CPI-Maoist in its official statement, acknowledged that the person killed along with Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad in Andhra Pradesh on July 2 was Hem Pandey who was one of the party's zonal committee members.

July 4

Maoists called for a 48-hour 'Bharat bandh' from July 7 to protest against the killing of their senior politburo member Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad at Adilabad in Andhra Pradesh by the Police, top Maoist leader Kishan said.

Further, the outfit warned of attacks to avenge the killing and also made it clear that talks with the Government were no longer an option.

July 5

Three members of Praja Pratighatana's Mohananna faction, including a State committee member, were arrested and two weapons were recovered from the trio by the Police near Shantinagar in Kodad mandal (administrative unit) in Nalgonda District. The arrested extremists were identified as State Committee Member K. Uppalaiah alias Bhoomanna (38), a native of Sharajipeta in Alair mandal; the outfit's women wing District Secretary R. Venkatamma alias Jyothakka (30) of Dummugudem in Khammam District and K Narsaiah alias Madhav (32) of Nalgonda District. The Police seized a locally-made revolver, a tapancha and 12 bore cartridges from their possession.

The Andhra Pradesh government agreed to probe the death of Hemchandra Pandey, the freelance journalist who was killed along with top Maoist leader Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad in an encounter on July 2.

July 7

A woman cadre of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Vanthala Chinnari, surrendered before the Narsipatnam Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in Visakhapatnam District. Chinnari (20), of Boyapalem village of Lakkavarapupeta panchayat in G.K. Veedhi mandal (administrative unit), said that she was attracted towards the movement after attending meeting held by the Maoists in her village. Though she was not interested in joining the movement, the Maoists forcibly took her away and enrolled her in the movement in March 2008. She participated in the Gunukurai and Balimela ambush and the famine raid on the house of Setti Ramanujulu at Ummada village and in the murder of former naxalite Eetangi Sankara Rao in 2009.

The South Central Railway announced partial cancellation on July 8 of several express trains on the Mudkhed-Adilabad section on account of the 'Bharat bandh' (all India shut down) called by the CPI-Maoist.

July 8

The Andhra Pradesh Government requested the Centre for troop-carrier helicopters to be stationed in the State for use in anti-Maoist operations along the borders with Orissa, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra.

July 11

A couple, allegedly active in activities of the CPI-Maoist in Chhattisgarh but who had severed ties with the outfit two years ago and shifted base to Andhra Pradesh were arrested from Khammam District. The arrested Maoists were identified as M. Vedama alias Chalapathi Rao, former commander of Guttikoya platoon in Kunta region of Chhattisgarh and his wife Gangotri alias Manjula, who was with another group of the Maoists. The duo was arrested at Cherukupalli village near Sathupalli town.

July 12

A special team of the Gujarat Police arrested top leader of the CPI-ML-Janashakti, Kura Amar, from Nacharam in Hyderabad in connection with a criminal conspiracy case registered in Gujarat six months ago.

July 13

A Naxalite (Left Wing Extremist) belonging to CPI-ML-New Democracy was killed in an exchange of fire with the Police near Bakkachinthapalli in Kothaguda agency mandal (administrative division) in Warangal District. The Police identified him as Kothaguda 'area squad commander' of New Democracy P. Rama Rao alias Ganesh (28), a native of Gunjedu village. Four other Naxalites are suspected to have escaped from the spot. The Police recovered two kitbags and a Self Loading Rifle (SLR) from the site.

In Visakhapatnam, Maoists damaged the equipment of a BSNL mobile tower at Dumbriguda in the Visakha Agency. They destroyed the panel board and set ablaze the furniture.

July 15

Senior CPI-Maoist leader Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad, killed on July 2, was in Delhi for four months, said sources. Azad was reportedly in touch with academics in Delhi who were helping him with logistics.

Sources said that Maoists went to Yunan in China and possibly were trained there as well. However, there's no evidence to suggest the involvement of the Chinese establishment in this, it could have been the mafia. Security Forces are now pursuing the angle for further information.

The Maoists have tied up with RPF (Manipur), the political wing of the PLA, which is helping Maoists with training and logistics.

July 20

A 'dalam (squad) commander', identified as Sola Ramarao alias Ganesh (35), of the CPI-ML-New Democracy was shot dead in an encounter with Police at the Kothaguda forest area in Bakkachintapally village of Warangal District. Three other extremists managed to escape. Three kit bags, one SLR, a single bore gun and three mobile phones were recovered from the encounter site. Ganesh, a native of Gunjedu village, had been with the party for the last seven years. He was with PDSU before that. Police sources alleged that Ganesh along with some underground cadres used to extort money from road contractors, landlords and rice millers.

Maoists blew up a Mobile phone tower equipment room in Dumbriguda mandal (administrative unit) in Visakha agency on the first day of their 48-hours bandh (shut down) in protest against the killing of top leader Azad. All establishments including schools, shops and other business establishments remained closed in the agency areas like Chintapalli, Paderu, Koyyuru, GK Veedhi, Munchingput, Pedabayalu and G Madugula.

July 27

CPI-Maoist cadres attempted to blow up a tower carrying high-tension power lines near Lankapaakala village in G.K. Veedhi mandal (Administrative Unit) in the Visakha Agency of the Visakhapatnam District. Only one of the two landmines the Maoists fixed at the base of the tower blew up but there was no damage to the towers or disruption in power supply.

August 2

During the ongoing 'martyr's week', some cadres of the CPI-Maoist reportedly dug up a narrow road near Ebluam village in G.K. Veedhi mandal in Visakhapatnam. They also pasted posters near the road.

August 7

A cadre of the CPI-ML-Janashakti, identified as Inupa Suresh alias Sanjeev alias Kishore, surrendered before the Police in Medak District. Suresh is a resident of Peddachikodu village in Dubbak mandal (administrative division) and he joined Janashakti in 2001. He was the member of Maner dalam (squad), and was involved in 11 cases, including killing a doctor at Chinnchikod village in Mustabad mandal of Karimnagar and a blasting. He was arrested by Police in Karimnagar in 2004 and later released.

August 10

The Hyderabad City Police arrested a four member gang who were posing themselves as CPI-Maoist cadres and planning to visit Dubai (UAE) in the second week of August, 2010 for establishing links with the associates of underworld Chota Shakeel for carrying out subversive activities in India.

August 11

A cadre of the CPI-ML-Praja Prathighatana, identified as R. Ravi, surrendered before the Police in Warangal District. R. Ravi was a resident of Yadaram village of Nizamabad District and he was working in Suresh dalam (squad). He was a sympathiser of CPI-ML-Jana Shakthi. On the advice of Kannuri Kumara Swamy, president of Rythu Coolie, he joined CPI-ML-Praja Prathighatana in 2008 and worked in the armed dalam led by Gampala Raghupathi alias Mohananna, State Committee Secretary for sometime. Later he was shifted to Suresh dalam operating in Khammam District and continued in it till April 2010.

August 16

The State Government issued orders extending ban on the CPI-Maoist by another year with effect from August 17. The State Government which reviewed the situation was of the opinion that the Maoists constitute a serious danger and menace to public order, peace and tranquillity in the State. The ban was imposed under the Andhra Pradesh Public Security Act, 1992 and would also be applicable to all the frontal organisations of the Maoists which includes All IndiaRevolutionary Students Federation (AIRSF), Viplava Karmika Samakhya (VIKASA), Singareni Karmika Samakhya (SIKASA), Radical Students Union (RSU), Ryot Coolie Sangham (RCS) and Radical Youth League.

August 28

Three cadres of the CPI-Maoist surrendered to the Police in the presence of Superintendent of Police (Rural), Shahnawaz Qasim, in Warangal District.

August 29

A youth, identified as K. Pullaiah (30), of Kurnapally village in Cherla mandal, was killed by suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist in the forest area near Nimmalagudem on Khammam-Chhattisgarh borders. Unconfirmed reports said that Pullaiah, a Maoist sympathiser, was reportedly assaulted to death by the Maoists in a praja court (People's Court), suspecting him as an informer. Two other youths were also assaulted, but let off, on the same charges.

September 3

Two CPI-Maoist cadres, Manda Yasobu alias Jaipal and Mangaraju alias Jangu, were arrested by the Visakhapatnam District Police during a routine vehicle check at Yebulam village under G.K. Veedhi Police Station. A 9-mm semi-automatic pistol and 13 rounds of ammunition were recovered from them. Presenting them before the media, Superintendent of Police Vinit Brijlal said that while Manda Yasobu had a reward of INR 300,000 on his head, Mangaraju had a reward of INR 200,000. He said that Jaipal was demoted from the rank of Koraput Division in-charge in 2008 after a woman dalam member Jyothi complained that he had misbehaved with her. The SP said that this incident was an example of how women dalam members were being exploited by men.

September 18

`Tech Jagan' alias `Tech Raju' alias Mallojula Srinivasa Chary (33), a top cadre of the CPI-Maoist, surrendered before the DCP, D. Nagendra, Kumar at L. B. Nagar Police Station. Tech Jagan had a reward of INR 200,000 on his head. Yacharam Inspector B Srinivas Rao said 'Tech Jagan' joined the Rachakonda Dalam in 2004 attracted by the Maoist ideology. Later, he was transferred to the Nallamalla area and then shifted to the Andhra-Orissa Border (AOB) during 2008. Srinivas Rao said 'Tech Jagan' was involved in an encounter with Police in Mannanur in Mahbubnagar District in 2004-05 and another assault in Nallamalla forest range in Prakasam District. He used to look after the repair work of weapons of the Maoists and was hence given the name `Tech Jagan'. Srinivasa Chary was unhappy with the shift in the policies of the Maoists and thus decided to join the mainstream, the Inspector claimed.

September 20

The State Cabinet at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister K. Rosaiah extended the ban on the CPI-Maoist and its six front organisations for a further period of one year under the Andhra Pradesh Public Security Act. The earlier ban lapsed on August 16. State Information Minister J. Geeta Reddy told after the Cabinet meet that the frontal organisations of the outfit that are banned are: Radical Youth League, Rythu Coolie Sangham, Radical Students Union, Singareni Karmika Samakhya, Viplava Karmika Samakhya and All India Revolutionary Students Federation.

September 22

Three cadres of the CPI-Maoist including one Beemanna killed a person, identified as M. Komaraiah (55), in Allipur village under Raikal Police Stations of Karimnagar District. They left a note stating that they killed Komaraiah as he informed to Police about the movement of a Maoist leader Sathaiah in 1997. Based on the information, Police reportedly killed Sathaiah in an encounter. Sathaiah was a brother of Beemanna.

September 26

A group of 100 CPI-Maoist cadres and supporters killed two persons, identified as Pangi Prasad (28) and Pangi Srikanth (27), of Kotagunnalu village under Annavaram Police Station in Chintapalli Mandal of Visakhapatnam Agency. They accused them of being Police informers and killed them. Police suspect that the armed Maoists of Andhra-Orissa border might have carried out the killings.

October 3

The Police arrested two CPI-Maoist cadres, identified as Musiki Somulu (50), a native of Bijapur District, and K. Pojja (22), a native of Dantewada District in Chhattisgarh, at Pujarigudem village in Charla mandal. Sub Inspector K. Nagaraju said that Somulu and Pojja were arrested while moving under suspicious circumstances during a culvert checking operation on the outskirts of Pujarigudem in the early hours of the day.

October 4

Police exchanged fire with a group of armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist in the forests of Moddulamada village in Ashwaraopet mandal in Khammam District. While the Maoists managed to escape, the Police recovered one claymore mine, 20 kit bags, one hand-held communication device and Maoist literature, among other material, from the encounter site. The group belonged to the Sabari dalam.

A Maoist dalam member, identified as Irpa Puttiah alias Venkanna (45), who reportedly operated in Chhattisgarh, surrendered before the Police at Kothagudem in Khammam District. Venkanna, a native of Vennelabilu village of Gundala mandal, worked as Kothagudem-Narsampet dalam member in North Telangana Special Zonal Committee (NTSZC) of the CPI-Maoist ever since he joined the Maoist dalam led by Sudhakar during the fag-end of 2009.

October 5

Three cadres of CPI-ML-Janashakti, identified as Banoth Bhupathi (25), Bhanothu Raju (32), and Malothu Ganesh (26), were arrested from Dumala forest in Sircilla in Karimnagar District. Some locally-made revolvers, ammunition and a knife were recovered from them, he said. The trio extorted money from doctors and businessmen in rural pockets and also in Nizamabad District.

October 6

Police exchanged fire with a group of CPI-Maoist cadres near Gundlamadugu village in Khammam District during a combing operation. However, no casualty was reported from either side. The Maoists escaped from the scene leaving behind literature, cooking vessels, a calculator and some kitbags.

October 8

A woman cadre of the CPI-Maoist identified as Midiam Rangi (32), was arrested by the Police near Kunavaram cross roads in Chintoor mandal in Khammam District. Rangi, a native of Dornapal in Chhattisgarh, was arrested while trying to paste wall posters of the outfit.

October 9

Cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed Nupa Babu Rao (55), a head of the local tribals, at Tippapuram village in Cherla mandal in Khammam District suspecting him to be a Police informer.

Vanthala Bhaskara Rao (30), a daily wage labourer of Digududpalli village in Chintapalli mandal was taken by Maoists to a place near Surimetta and was shot dead. A note issued in the name of the 'Area Commander' of Korukonda Dalam calling Bhaskara Rao as a Police informer was found at the spot.

October 13

The Koyyuru Police arrested three CPI-Maoist cadres, identified as Pangi Suribabu, Gemmeli Konda Babu and Muvvala Nageswara Rao, from Donkarayi and Parkil villages under Antada Panchayat in Koyyuru mandal of Visakhapatnam District. The three were among the 69 identified as offenders in the case of Chintalamma ghat incident in 2009, when a RTC bus was set ablaze by the Maoists. Earlier, 25 persons had voluntarily surrendered and the Police had issued notices to the rest.

October 18

In a bid to stage a comeback in Andhra Pradesh, especially in North Telangana, the CPI-Maoist have chalked out a plan to ignite the anti-Polavaram dam sentiments and the unrest over Telangana, which was revealed from the diaries, letters and literature recovered from two Maoist camps in Khammam District. This is the first time that conclusive proof has been found about the Maoists’ strategy in Andhra Pradesh.

October 24

Addressing a press conference at Warangal, the Andhra Pradesh DGP K. Aravinda Rao said that Maoists are regrouping. "We have information that Maoists were staying for a longer time in Khammam District and staying for two to three days in Warangal District frequently. They are trying to activate their old cadres and form new groups again," the DGP said. The Police have confirmed that Maoists from Chhattisgarh and Orissa were crossing over into Khammam and Warangal Districts to regroup into a formidable force.

October 29

A local court in Tirupati sentenced CPI-Maoist leader Panduranga Reddy alias Sagar and three traders of gelatine sticks, identified as Ramaswamy Reddy, Nagarjuna and Gangi Reddy, to seven years imprisonment, after a seven-year-long trial in Alipiri blast case of 2003. Former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, his ministerial colleague B. Gopalakrishna Reddy and two legislators were injured as the Maoists triggered a landmine blast at Alipiri on October 1, 2003 when they were on their way to Tirumala. Patel Sudhakar Reddy, believed to be the mastermind behind the attack on Naidu, was killed by Police in an encounter in Warangal District in 2009.

November 2

Vizianagaram District Collector M. Veerabrahmaiah handed over passbooks and title deeds for two acres of land each to five of the seven surrendered CPI-Maoist cadres in addition to cheques for INR 1, 76, 240 (subsidy amount) to them along with two other cadres under the Andhra Pradesh Scheduled Tribes Cooperative Finance Corporation Limited, Hyderabad (TRICOR) for units such as sheep, grocery items, etc in the presence of Superintendent of Police Navin Gulati.

November 3

The Police unearthed a major arms dump, believed to be that of CPI-Maoist, in the Nallamala forest close to Sidhapuram tank near Atmakur in Kurnool District. The arms recovered included a rocket launcher, four guns, 300 rounds of ammunition, eight grenades, gas cylinders, drilling machines and other tools used in making of guns.

November 6

Sindree Kondamma alias Nirmala, an 18-year-old female Maoist cadre of the Korukonda Area Committee, surrendered before Visakha Rural SP Vineet Brijlal. An illiterate girl belonging to the primitive tribal group Kondu, Nirmala said she was forcibly inducted into the Maoist outfit when she was 14 years old. She said she had participated in three raids and three encounter incidents. Apparently, she came over ground a month ago and got married to a former militia member Marri Ranju. After knowing about the Government schemes, she decided to surrender before the Police due to health problems. According to the SP Brijlal, there are another 10 minor girls in the Maoist squads in the Visakha forests.

November 11

A CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Vetti Deva alias Deva (28), a native of neighbouring Chhattisgarh, was arrested from Paloncha in Khammam District. Deva worked as a Maoist dalam (squad) member from 2006 to 2008 in Kunta area of Chhattisgarh. He was reportedly involved in the killing of three persons who were targeted on suspicion of being Police informers.

A 39-year-old woman Maoist cadre, identified as Bade Sulochana, and her son Bade Vikas (20), who reportedly worked as couriers to the Maoists, and another woman Maoist cadre, Budiha Anuradha alias Jyothi, were arrested from a bus stand at Eturnagaram town in Warangal District. They were arrested while they were trying to sneak into Chhattisgarh, a Police officer said. Some Maoist literature was recovered from them. Jyothi is wanted in over 20 Maoist-related cases in Mahbubnagar, Medak, Ranga Reddy, Nalgonda and Kurnool Districts, he added.

November 19

Two cadres of the CPI-Maoist were killed in an exchange of fire with a Police team near Ullivalasa village in Koyyuru mandal in Vishakhapatnam District. The bodies were yet to be identified. An SLR, a .303 riffle, a pistol, a camera flash and a CD were recovered from the encounter site where the bodies were found. Police said since a SLR was found, one of the dead could be secretary of the 'area committee' of Galikonda as a weapon of such nature is given to area committee secretaries.

A group about 200 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist led by Korukonda area committee secretary Narendra and his sympathisers woke up every one in a village and held a meeting at Lothugedda junction near Chintapalli mandal in Visakhapatnam agency. In the meeting they warned that Tribal Welfare Minister P. Balaraju and his supporters would be dealt with severely. They also wanted the people to make the tenth anniversary of PLGA commencing on December 2 - 8, a success and advised them not to allow sale of liquor in their villages. "If any problem arises, we advise you (villagers) to approach us," the Maoists said in the posters. Then the Maoists blocked entry into Lothugedda by cutting trees and placing them on either side of the road. They went to the house of Bosetti Durga Rao, a trader, brought out his furniture and other articles and set them ablaze along with a motorcycle and a van. The Maoists whisked away 16 rice bags and other food material and a TV set from the house of Durga. They later smashed a belt shop, set ablaze the bike of a Forest Ranger and partially destroyed a Forest check-post.

November 21

A top cadre of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Ganti Prasad, was arrested by Odisha Police at Visakhapatnam District. Ganti Prasad worked as an over ground worker for the Maoists. He was wanted for arranging meeting of former cadre Padma and her husband Ramakrishna, Superintendent of Police Anup Kumar Sahoo said. Padma and three others were arrested when they were on the way to meet Ramakrishna near Dudhari in Semiliguda area on November 13, he added.

November 22

Five top cadres of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Korra Bhimanna, Korra Rama Rao, Korra Sonia of Kannavaram in Koyyuru mandal, Pangi Ramanna of Annavaram and Pangi Satyanarayana of Gorlemetta, were arrested from Kannavaram village of Koyyuru mandal in Vishakhapatnam District. Narsipatnam OSD Trivikram Varma said seven kit bags, five weapons, two landmines, key documents pertaining to the Maoist and a list of Maoist cadres, sympathizers and followers were recovered from them. All the five hail from Odisha and had settled down near Andhra-Odisha border. They were involved in as many as 13 offences besides aiding the Maoists in their underground activities for the past three years. They were also involved in felling of trees, road blockings and looting of houses.

November 23

Three persons travelling in a van were killed in a landmine blast triggered by cadres of the CPI-Maoist near Choppalanka village between Rallagedda and Balapam in Chintapalli mandal in Visakhapatnam District. The information was confirmed on November 25 by Additional Superintendent of Police of Chintapalli A. Ravikrishna. The victims were identified as the driver of the van, Nagaraju, cleaner Aasi and Nookaraju, who was travelling in the van. Nagaraju and Aasi were from Visakhapatnam and Narsipatnam respectively while Nookaraju was from Raavulapalli.

November 26

Four cadres of the CPI-Maoist were arrested in Moranchapalle village in Bhupalapalle mandal in Warangal District. Fourteen country-made rifles were recovered from them, Police said.

Taking a tough stand against Micro Finance Institutions (MFIs), immediately in the wake of series of suicides by women, the Maoists have asked MFI managements to close their operations in villages in Warangal. The CPI-Maoists Karimnagar-Khammam-Warangal ‘secretary’ Sudhakar warned MFIs of dire consequences if they do not call it quits. In a statement, he said agents and representatives of MFIs are humiliating rural women and insulting their family members because of which several villagers have committed suicide. Sudhakar also warned former cadres of the Maoists against acting as informers of Police. "If you do not change your attitude, we will teach you a fitting lesson," he warned.

November 28

10 cadres of the CPI-Maoist, including some women, surrendered before Police in Narsipatnam town of Visakhapatnam District. The surrendered Maoists were facing 10 offences against them including three cases of attacks on village sarpanch, cutting down of trees on roads during Maoists bandh call besides pasting pro-Maoists posters. They belonged to Kannavaram village of Koyyuru mandal in the District and were led by G Chinakka group, Deputy Superintendent of Police, N Narasimha Kishore said.

December 2

A group of 15 to 20 cadres of the CPI-Maoist killed Shaik Majeed, a tailor by profession, branding him as a Police informer in Laxmipuram village of Eturunagaram mandal in Warangal District.

About eight Maoist cadres shot dead Kommu Satyam (40), a former Left Wing Extremist belonging to the Praja Pratighatana faction of the CPI-ML Praja Pratighatana in Palmela village of Mahadevpur mandal in Karimnagar District. The Maoists branded him as a Police informer.

The same Maoist group barged into the house of another CPI-ML Praja Pratighatana cadre, identified as D. Tirupathi and abducted him and locking his wife and father in the house in the same village. They did not reveal the reasons for the abduction, Police said.

Two villagers, identified as P Chiranjeevi and K Samaiah were abducted by the Maoists cadres in Laxmipuram village of Eturunagaram mandal in Warangal District, Police said.

In the adjoining Sarvaipeta village, Maoists went to the house of a former Maoist J. Ganapathi and inquired about his whereabouts. When they found that he was not staying in the house, they took his wife Bhagyalaxmi, father Sammaiah and his brother Rammurthy to the village and thrashed them near the martyr's memorial and warned that they would eliminate Ganapathi for acting as Police informer.

A group of five Maoists set ablaze an Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APARTC) bus after breaking the diesel tank and pouring fuel on the vehicle in the wee hours in Tupakulagudem village in Eturunagaram mandal of Warangal District, Police said.

December 5

Police raided the house of Chandramouli, a former cadre of the CPI-Maoist and arrested him at Tirumalapur village in Chityala mandal of Warangal District. A tapancha, some crude bombs and gelatine sticks were found from his residence, Police said.

December 7

A 15-member armed dalam (squad) of the CPI-Maoist set ablaze a cell phone tower of a private telecom firm causing extensive damage to its equipment at R. Kothagudem village in Charla mandal of Khammam District.

The Maoists destroyed four quarters of coffee plantation workers in Korukonda area in Chintapalli mandal in Visakha District. The quarters belong to AP Forest Development Corporation.

Maoists are planning major strategies to increase their influence and strength. An important task the Maoists have set for themselves is to create a liberated zone, in Bihar, Jharkhand and Dandakaranya (Chattisgarh). Towards this end, the party's strike force —PLGA— is being developed. This was stated by Prasad, party's Andhra-Orissa Border State ‘committee member’ during an interview at a remote place on the Andhra-Orissa border. Prasad said the PLGA should be transformed into the people's liberation army for which a liberated zone was necessary. PLGA formations were being developed to achieve this target and it had also carried out "mobile" war by carrying out raids on targets at faraway places, by mobilising its armed cadre from different parts and taking assistance from the people along the way. "The creation of a liberated zone and beefing up PLGA for this purpose is in its early stages. The process is being commenced by forming village-level committees which will be expanded to mandal (taluk) and District levels. Already, the Janatana Sarcars, Revolutionary People's Councils (RPCs) have been formed in Dandakaranya," Prasad said. The PLGA, which has grown to the strength of creating companies, is also planning battalions. "We have already reached this stage in Dandakaranya. We don't have a timeframe for other areas but the process will be completed early if the conditions suit us, that is until people take up armed struggle", Prasad added.

December 9

The Police arrested a surrendered cadre of the CPI-Maoist and four sympathisers from Nawabupeta village in Chityal mandal in Warangal District. They were identified as Chinna Chandramouli alias Arun, P. Rajender, E. Swami, A. Rayamallu, and G. Kumara Swamy. They were planning to blast cell phone towers to commemorate conclusion of the anniversary celebrations of PLGA. Chandramouli was injured in an exchange of fire in 2002 at Narsingapur village in Bhupalpalli mandal. He later surrendered but continued to maintain links with Maoist leaders.

December 14

The District Police authorities disbursed INR 350,000 to the surrendered LWE belonging to the Praja Pratighatana faction of the CPI-ML Praja Pratighatana and New Democracy in Warangal District.

December 16

Cadres of the Korukonda Dalam (squad) of the CPI-Maoist blew up a cell tower of BSNL at Lambasingi under Chintapalli mandal in Visakhapatnam District. They left behind pamphlets denouncing what they called 'illegal arrests' and suspension of combing operations.

December 17

Four cadres of the CPI-Maoist including three women were killed in an encounter with the Greyhounds, the elite anti-Maoist force, at a place between Cheruvuru and Yegajanaba villages under Balapam panchayat in Chintapalli mandal of Visakhapatnam District. Police recovered an INSAS rifle, 40 kitbags and three weapons from the encounter site. Sub-Inspector of Police Mohan Reddy was injured in the encounter.

December 18

A woman cadre of the CPI-Maoist was killed in an encounter between the Police and the Maoists in Chatrai in Visakhapatnam District. The Police, however, refused to divulge the name of the dead.

December 20

The CPI-Maoist called upon the people to observe a bandh in Andhra-Orissa border (AOB) area on December 22, protesting against the killing of five of their comrades by the Greyhounds personnel in an encounter at Cheruvuru near Korukonda in Chintapalli mandal on December 17, East Division Secretary Ganesh in a press release said in Vishakhapatnam District.

December 21

A top CPI-Maoist leader and three other cadres have surrendered before the State Police in Hyderabad city. ADG M. Ratan said Maddela Adellu alias Anand (45), a ‘State Committee’ member, accused of nine offences, including two murders, carrying a head money of INR 1million surrendered along with his wife Kurma Rambai alias Saritha (40), a ‘divisional committee’ member of the north Gadchiroli and Gonda joint divisional committee in Maharashtra, Killo Raju alias Krishna (25), the ‘commander’ of Konnavaram area and Seendri Subba Rao alias Srikanth (18), Raju’s deputy. Maddela later said, "As the Maoist movement was not progressing, we have decided to surrender. We had conveyed our decision to our group members around three months ago. We want to lead the rest of our lives with our family."

December 25

CPI-Maoist cadres and the Police exchanged fire near Kurnapalli village in the Charla mandal of Khammam District, close to the Chhattisgarh border. Police sources said the Maoists, reportedly belonging to the Venkatapuram area committee, escaped into the jungles towards Chhattisgarh after an exchange of fire that lasted a few minutes in a forest area. Though the Police maintained that no casualties were reported, it is suspected that two Maoists were either injured or killed, the sources added.

In protest of the anti-Maoist operations in the District, about 10 cadres’ sprinkled diesel and set ablaze a poclain hydraulic in a stone crushing unit, stationed near Chatti village in Chintoor mandal. The equipment belonged to a contractor engaged in road works. A letter, believed to have been left behind by the Maoists, stated that the Sabari dalam in Bhadrachalam division was responsible for the act.

December 27

CM N Kiran Kumar Reddy has urged the Centre to declare the border Districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam, East Godavari, Adilabad, Karimnagar and Warangal as Naxal-affected. His plea also calls for central funds for these Districts under the Special Development Plan (SDP). As of now, Khammam and Vishakhapatnam are identified as Naxal-affected, but only Khammam has been getting the SDP funds, which amounted to INR three billion in 2010.

As per the rules, the Centre extends funds under the SDP only to those Districts where at least 20 per cent of Police Stations are affected by Naxal activities. According to top sources, the State Government is of the view that there is a hundred per cent possibility of Naxal resurgence in the Districts for which it is seeking the central assistance. "Adilabad and Karimnagar border Gadchiroli in Maharashtra, while Warangal and Khammam border Bijapur and Dantewada in Chhattisgarh. East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam border Malkangiri, Koraput and Rayagada in Odisha. While the Districts in the other three States are already included in the SDP, their neighbouring counterparts in AP have been left out," pointed a senior official in the State Government.

December 30

Although LWE in Andhra Pradesh was under effective check during the year, has again showed an upward trend this year with a slight increase in its level with the CPI-Maoist continued to remain active in Visakhapatnam and Khammam Districts bordering Chhattisgarh and Odisha. "Of the 54 Maoist-related incidents in 2010, the maximum were reported from Visakhapatnam and Khammam," according to the data released by DGP K Aravinda Rao at the Annual Press Conference of the State Police in Hyderabad city. Against 17 persons killed by Maoists last year, 2009, the deaths went up to 21 this year, 2010.

However, the number of Maoists killed in encounters with Police came down from 16 to 13. The SFs achieved notable success in anti-Naxal operations by arresting 220 LWE, Rao said adding they were involved in 14 incidents of exchange of fire, resulting in death of 13 Maoists. The statement said the number of Maoist-related incidents went up from 50 to 54 and the number of encounters from 13 to 14. 117 LWE surrendered and the Police seized 81 weapons, while 21 civilians lost their lives in the Maoists violence. There were, however, no casualties on the Police side, Rao added. Notable among Maoist leaders killed this year were politburo members Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad, State committee members Shakamuri Apparao and Solipeta Kondal Reddy alias Tech Ramana. A particular tribal group, which has migrated to Visakhapatnam District in large numbers, was providing food and shelter to the Maoists on the AP-Odisha border, Rao said. The Police were keeping a close watch on the activities of Maoists which is trying to regroup in North Telangana Districts, Rao added.

Note:Compiled from news reports and are provisional.





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