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January 5

The Andhra Pradesh Government is planning to raise a tribal Police battalion to take on the CPI-Maoist. The Cabinet Sub-Committee on Naxalite issue headed by Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu has recommended a tribal battalion, staffed by tribal youth from East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam, exclusively to counter Maoist insurgence on the Andhra-Odisha-Chhattisgarh border.

January 13

An active member of the Galikonda 'area committee' of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Pangi Bhaskara Rao, was arrested at Chintapalli mandal while a member of the Kalimela 'area committee', identified as Korra Santhi, who was active in Malkangiri District of Odisha till recently and 11 militia members from Pedavalasa area surrendered before the Police in Vishakhapatnam District of Andhra Pradesh.

Visakhapatnam District Police is upgrading the existing Police Stations in the District to make them attack-proof against CPI-Maoist. Work is under way at the Police Stations in Chintapalli, GK Veedhi and Hukumpeta. "At Chintapalli and GK Veedhi, about 80 per cent of the work is over. At Hukumpeta, we are midway through. They should be ready in a couple of months," said SP Visakhapatnam, Koya Praveen.

January 17

CPI-Maoist cadres retaliated to the killing of one of its senior leaders Sharath and a militia member near Korukonda shandy on October 19, 2014, after it killed a native of Veeravaram village Sanjeeva Rao, by destroying an ashram of Sanjeeva Rao's spiritual guru Simhachalam at Gurramveedhi village in G. Madugula mandal administrative unit.

Five persons were reportedly arrested in connection with the CPI-Maoist attack on an Ashramam in G. Madugula mandal in Visakhapatnam District. Armed Maoists led a few hundred militia members and sympathisers in the attack on the Ashramam, belonging to one Simhachalam who escaped from being tried at a Praja court (Kangaroo Court). Simhachalam escaped after his supporters and others reportedly lynched to death a Maoist leader Sharath.

January 21

34 sympathisers of the CPI-Maoist militia surrendered before the SP M. Ravi Prakash at Rajavommangi in East Godavari District.

Andhra Pradesh Government will strengthen Police machinery in various Districts to curtail crime rate and be prepared to meet any crisis situation. As part of the plan, Deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister China Rajappa has said armed police battalions in some areas and police sub-divisions in some other areas will be set up.

January 22

Burgumpadu Police seized huge quantity of explosive material from a lorry bound for Malkangiri District of Odisha at Morampalli Banjar village on the Khammam-Bhadrachalam main road in Palvancha Division.

February 1

The Visakhapatnam rural Police arrested four 'militia' members belonging to the CPI-Maoist during a raid at a village in Bothili panchayat in G. Madugula mandal of Visakhapatnam District.

February 4

As many as 13 'militia' members of Korukonda area committee belonging to the CPI-Maoist surrendered before ASP A. Babujee at Paderu in the Agency area of Visakhapatnam District.

February 12

The CPI-Maoist called for a bandh in five states, including Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, on February 20 to protest the anti-people's activities of the State and Central governments. In a press release, the Maoists' Central Regional Bureau 'spokesperson' Pratap accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, Telangana CM K. Chandrasekhar Rao as well as the CMs of Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Maharashtra of implementing destructive and anti-people policies. He said the bandh would be observed for 24 hours but emergency services would be exempted.

February 20

CPI-Maoist called bandh in Visakhapatnam Agency area of Vishakhapatnam District passed off peacefully. There was poor or no response to the bandh call given by the East Division Committee of the CPI-Maoist. A few shops had shut down in Peda Bayulu area in the morning and they too opened by afternoon. There was no response in Paderu to Munchingput, sources said. The CPI-Maoist gave a call for a bandh against policies of the State and Central governments like allowing foreign investments and against mining of bauxite and laterite in Agency.

February 28

AP Deputy Chief Minister N. China Rajappa said four companies of CPFs are being used to contain CPI-Maoist activities in AP along the borders of Chhattisgarh and Odisha. Interacting with media persons at AP Secretariat, he said the State relied on Central assistance to thwart insurgence of Maoists from Chhattisgarh and Odisha into AP following bifurcation of the latter. The strength of the AP police dwindled after carving out of Telangana State and withdrawal of policemen from some areas by the Telangana government. "These areas being close to Chhattisgarh and Odisha where Maoists are active, possibility of they attempting to regroup naturally increased," said a Police officer seeking anonymity. Members of the paramilitary forces were deployed at strategic locations. They were being moved in the districts of East Godavari, Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam to check movement of Maoists. Stating that offences dipped in A.P. during the regime of the present government, China Rajappa said there was shortage of 14,000 policemen in the lower rung in the State. "We are planning to recruit at least 50 per cent of the required strength at the earliest though the budgetary constraints are there," he said.

March 4

The Andhra Pradesh Government has doubled the relief amount provided to surrendered CPI-Maoist cadres from INR 5,000 to INR 10,000 to meet their immediate requirements as recommended by the High Powered Cabinet Sub-Committee dealing with "naxalite problems" in the state. The Government has also evolved guidelines for the rehabilitation of surrendered extremists to encourage surrenders and enable the extremists to join mainstream by providing them with economic support schemes. Depending on their economic status, they become eligible for grant of White cards, housing, LPG subsidy and also admission to skill development courses, says a special Government Order issued by the Andhra Pradesh Government on March 4. The Additional Director General of Police (Intelligence), Andhra Pradesh said that the grant has no impact on other special grants like reward money on the surrendered extremist and others like healthcare, education, jobs etc.

March 7

Five members of unarmed militia of the CPI-Maoist surrendered before ASP of Narsipatnam B. Satya Yesu Babu at Narsipatnam in Visakhapatnam District. The five - Korra Sitaram, Killo Mahadev, Gunta Sonnu, Gunta Raju and Masilil Loknadh of Nakkalametta village - were involved in the burning of a jeep engaged for General Elections and destroying of Electonic Voting Machines (EVMs) at Palakajeedi on May 7, 2014, killing of a surrendered Maoist Muvvala Naresh on the East Godavari-Visakhapatnam border during August 2014 and looting of his house. They had also provided logistic support to the Maoists.

March 25

Seven militia members, belonging to the CPI-Maoist, Korukonda 'area committee', surrendered before Visakha rural Police in Visakhapatnam District. All the surrendered Maoists hail from Chintapalli mandal. The Police have identified the Maoists as Pagni Bujji Babu, Korra Kameswara Rao, Korra Ramesh, Vantala Ramana, Gemmeli Chitti Babu, Muvvala Chitti Babu and Muvvala Chanti.

March 29

Citing acute funds constraint being experienced by his State post bifurcation, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has written to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh asking for INR 30 billion to build 334 new roads in eight CPI-Maoist affected Districts of the State.

March 30

Two militia members of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Pangi Ramesh and Vanthala Kameswara Rao, were arrested by G. Madugula Police of Vishakhapatnam District of Andhra Pradesh.

March 31

Four top CPI-Maoist cadres were produced before a Court in Telangana in connection with the murder of the then Andhra Pradesh Assembly Speaker Duddilla Sripada Rao in 2009. Jaspal Singh, Amit Bagchi, Akhilesh Jadav and Pramod Mishra, who are 'central committee members' of CPI-Maoist were produced before the Karimnagar Additional Judicial First Class Magistrate.

April 5

Seven militia members of the CPI-Maoist were arrested by the Police near Paridhi panchayat in Pedabayalu mandal of Visakhapatnam District of Andhra Pradesh. The arrested members were K. Malleshwara Rao (23), V. Satya Rao (21), P. Sanyasi Rao (20), P. Rupana (25), P. Appanna (28), P. Latchanna (35) and K. Bittu (35). According to Inspector of Pedabayalu Police Station Malleshwara Rao, all the arrested militia members belonged to Pedabayalu mandal and were involved in two cases in Pedabayalu and one in Munchingput area.

April 14

Six militia members of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Kora Sonna (18), Pangi Venkat Rao (22), Pangi Ramdas (20), Poru Kora Rogu alias Raghunath, G. Laxmaiah (35) and Vanthala Somanna (25), surrendered before Circle Inspector N. Sai at Paderu in the Agency area of Visakhapatnam District of Andhra Pradesh. All the members are natives of Bongujangi village of Pedabayalu mandal. According to the inspector, the militia members provided logistic support to the Naxalites in the Agency areas of Munchingput.

April 27

The CPI-Maoist cadres of Sabari Area Committee killed two tribals, identified as Madivi Chukka (25) and Madivi Joga (28) branding them as 'police informers' at Kamanathogu of Yetapaka mandal in East Godavari District. The two hailed from Kamanathogu of Murumuru panchayat in Yetapaka mandal in East Godavari District, and were beaten them to death with sticks. Earlier (unspecified date) too, they killed another tribal identified as Podium Nadugu (55), hailing from Allivagu village of Eudugurallapalli panchayat in Chinthoor mandal on the same pretext.

May 1

Vanthala Mallesh, 'deputy commander' of Korukonda Area Committee of the CPI-Maoist surrendered before DIG of Police (Visakha Range) A. Ravi Chandra in Visakhapatnam District. Mallesh was associated with the Maoist movement since 2008 and was wanted in 41 cases, including six murders, several cases of violence like blasting the coffee pulper unit at Cherukumpakla, destroying road laying equipment, bid to attack Police parties with landmines, distribution of coffee plantations to Girijans, etc. He carried a reward of INR 100,000 on his head, which the government was proposing to increase to INR 400,000.

An incident of firing at Teemulabanda village in GK Veedhi mandal in Visakha Agency of Vishakhapatnam District, created tension for some time. It was reported that about half-a-dozen persons travelling in a four-wheeler fired at a group of Girijans who were on their way to open bank accounts. But no one was injured. However according to unconfirmed reports a small group of CRPF personnel from Rajahmundry, searching for CPI-Maoist militia members Seetu and Tammana Naidu came to the village. The militia members started running after noticing the CRPF men, and the CRPF men fired a few shots at them and left the village as the militia members escaped.

May 5

The Andhra Pradesh Police arrested 11 members of Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Janashakti faction in Kurnool District. Among those arrested is top Janashakti leader, Korra Rajanna. A senior Police officer said the members of Janashakti group, including Rajanna, had gathered at the residence of Mohan Reddy, seeking to rebuild the party and establish dalams, besides procuring arms and collecting funds.

The Andhra Pradesh State government has urged the Centre to immediately release INR 74.54 billion for modernisation of the Police Force in the State. Deputy Chief Minister N Chinna Rajappa met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Delhi and submitted a memorandum to this effect. Among others, he sought the finances for creating special anti-Naxal Forces, imparting training to Police and creating new offices. He also wanted the funds for setting up Marine Academy at Machilipatnam, Marine Police Station in West Godavari District, marine battalion and for setting up outposts. Rajappa also met Union Minister for Environment and Forest Prakash Javadekar and requested for allocating 2,700 acres for Police Department in Guntur division.

May 19

Four CPI-Maoist cadres - two of them area committee members, and two militia members - surrendered before Visakhapatnam SP Koya Praveen. The four surrendered Maoists identified as Vanthala Chinnam Naidu (30), Pongi Somaraju (19), Pongi Chanti (20) and Pangi Rambabu (30). Chinnam Naidu, who is also known with aliases Sannam Naidu and Abraham of Cherukupalem village in G.K. Veedhi mandal and an active member of the Galikonda area committee, carries a reward of INR100,000 on his head. Pongi Somaraju of Thatidoulu village in Chintapalli mandal is a member of Korukonda area committee; while Pongi Chanti (20) of Cherukumpalem in GK Veedhi mandal, is a militia member working in Galikonda area and Pangi Rambabu (30) of the same village is another militia member.

The Visakhapatnam District Police are considering using FM radio to influence the CPI-Maoist cadres to surrender and join the mainstream. "This is reportedly being used by the Police in Chhattisgarh and we are thinking of adopting the same here. But we have to see how it works," Visakhapatnam SP Koya Praveen said.

May 27

The cadres of the CPI-Maoist and a Police Special Party exchanged fire near Cheedipalli near Gorrellametta under Boodaralla panchayat in Koyyuru mandal in Visakhapatnam District. Two groups of Maoists, numbering about 15 members, fired around four rounds on the Police party and the Police retaliated by firing one round and the Maoists escaped according to preliminary reports, SP Koya Praveen said.

May 28

The Police and CPI-Maoist cadres exchanged fire for the second consecutive day in Visakhapatnam District. Five Maoists were sighted, three of them carrying SLRs, near Teegalametta under Boodaralla panchayat in Koyyuru mandal and they could be part of one of the three groups of Maoists that escaped after engaging Police for a while from around 800 meters at Cheedipalli on May 27 morning, SP Koya Praveen said.

June 20

A CPI-Maoist cadre was killed in an exchange of fire with Visakhapatnam District Police in Andhra Pradesh-Odisha border around dawn. There were 15 Maoists at the encounter site, said Visakhapatnam District SP Koya Praveen. Later, the Police found a body of a 25-year-old Maoist along with four hand grenades, two .303 rifles and 10 kit bags.

20 Maoist militia members including seven 'deputy commanders' surrendered before Visakhapatnam Range DIG A. Ravichandra.

June 23

The CPI-Maoist has set ablaze machinery used for construction of roads at Moyyalagummi village in Lingeti panchayat under Pedabayalu mandal of Visakhapatnam District. They left a press note in Odiya at the incident site alleging that Police had been indulging in fake encounters and illegally arresting innocent villagers.

June 25

A large number of CPI-Maoist banners were found at Boitili and other areas of G Madugula and Pedabayalu mandals of Visakhapatnam District.

June 27

The CPI-Maoist is believed to have formed a 'new committee' called the Malkangiri-Visakha-Koraput Divisional Committee with an experienced leader at the helm to strengthen the rank and file and regain their past glory.

July 1

With the Maoists kicking off their 'protest week', BSF IG P.S. Sandhu conducted an aerial survey of the border areas of Visakhapatnam and East Godavari Districts of Andhra Pradesh as well as Malkangiri District of Odisha. Sources in the Police Department said Maoists put up banners at Busiputtu area in Munchingput mandal and Police observed some suspicious movement of unidentified persons at Kumkumpudi village in GK Veedhi mandal in Vishakhapatnam District on June 30. Some movement of Maoists in small groups was also noticed at the interiors in the Agency area, sources said.

July 6

People from as many as 30 villages have reportedly attended a meeting conducted by the CPI-Maoist on the Andhra-Odisha border region, the first day of the two-day bandh call. The meeting was conducted by the Malkangiri-Visakha-Koraput division committee of the CPI-Maoist and the committee's 'secretary' Venu had renewed the party's warning to the five families that the party accused of involving in the killing of two Maoists near Korukonda in Visakha Agency during October last. The party would not spare the five families but the rest of Girijans living on the Andhra-Odisha border need not fear the Maoists and could stay in their villages.

July 8

A huge cache of detonators and gelatin sticks were seized and four persons arrested in this connection in East Godavari District. The dump found at the Maredumilli bus stand comprised 128 gelatin sticks, 118 electric detonators and 28 electric wires, Ramachopdavaram ASP S Fakirappa said.

July 13

Eleven CPI-Maoist cadres, including two members of the Pedabayalu Dalam surrendered before Visakha Rural SP of Andhra Pradesh Koya Praveen. Among those who surrendered, Pangi Chinna Rao (20) and Gemmeli Malleswara Rao (28) allegedly worked as 'members' of the Pedabayalu Dalam for a year after serving as 'militia members' for almost five years. The other surrendered militia members are Gemmeli Subba Rao (60), Taalabu Chinnayya Padal (27), Taalabu Rambabu (20), Gemmeli Chinnayya (20), Gemmeli Sanyasi (25), Sirima Srinu (28), Butari Appa Rao (45), Sirima Raja Rao (29) and Korra Paul (20).

July 15

Thirty tribals from eight villages in Visakha Agency of Andhra Pradesh where the State Government is proposing to take up bauxite mining have been warned by the CPI-Maoist's 'east division committee' to come out of the bauxite rehabilitation committees and support the local people's struggle against bauxite mining.

July 19

In an audio tape circulated to a few media houses by the East Division of the CPI-Maoist, Kailasam, a leader from the division has claimed that the SP, Visakhapatnam District, Koya Praveen is helping the companies who intent to undertake bauxite mining in the Agency areas of the district by trying to suppress the people's movement.

July 20

Andhra Pradesh Police have achieved success in containing the activities of the CPI-Maoist and are able to penetrate into all areas of the Visakha Agency where the Maoists have influence, SP Koya Praveen said.

July 24

Pangi Ramanna, a 27 year old youth abducted by the CPI-Maoist from his native village at Gobrapada under Rangabayalu panchayat in Munchingput mandal of Visakhapatnam District was killed according to information available on July 25. Ramanna, along with Pangi Dobulu (60) and Vanthala Sadhuram (15) were beaten up by the Maoists at the village before he was taken into deep forests. On July 24 night, about 400 Maoists, militia members and sympathisers entered Gobrapada at around 10 p.m. They set off a tiffin box bomb in Pongi Jeenabandhu's house, destroying houses of Pongi Ramanna and Vanthala Lyko also. When they tried to set on fire Mariya Sonia's house, villagers resisted. The Maoists then thrashed the three persons and took away Ramanna with them. On July 26 information was received that he was killed.

July 27

A day before the commencement of Martyrs' Week being observed by the CPI-Maoist, memorials were given finishing touches in parts of Visakha Agency even as some posters and banners were put up in Chintoor and its adjoining mandals in East Godavari Agency area. In spite of intensive combing operations by Police and CRPF in the Visakha Agency, the Maoists erected four permanent memorials between G.K. Veedhi and Koyyuru.

July 29

East Godavari District Police unearthed a huge dump of weapon in the Donkarayi forest area. Police spotted a huge haul of grenades and revolvers during a combing operation. The anti-Naxal squad also seized the material being used in rocket launchers from the dump.

The discovery of a CPI-Maoist arms dump in Y Ramavaram mandal in East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh has put anti-Maoist forces including the Greyhounds, CRPF, Andhra Pradesh Special Police and Armed Reserve Police on alert. The armoury contained a variety of munitions ranging from single barrel guns to eight rocket launchers. According to ASP K. Phakeerappa there has been a "slight increase" in Maoist activity, but the Police are by and large in control.

August 8

CPI-Maoist East Division Committee called for bandh on Independence Day, August 15. They also urged the people to boycott I-Day celebrations and instead hoist black flags on the day. In a press note issued to the media, the East Division Committee alleged that in the past 68 years after independence, the poor had continued to remain poor and it was only the rich that prospered in the country.

August 11

The CPI-Maoist which is strongly opposing bauxite mining in the Agency areas of Visakhapatnam and East Godavari Districts destroyed houses of three contract employees of A.P. Mineral Development Corporation which is the nodal agency for bauxite mining. A group of Maoists reportedly led by a senior leader Naveen destroyed the houses of three employees at Jerrela village under G.K. Veedhi mandal of Visakhapatnam District for not quitting their jobs.

August 14

The CPI-Maoist termed the Independence Day on August 15 as a 'black day' as independence failed to uplift the tribals. The Galikonda 'area committee' of the party erected black banners at Theemulabonda in G.K. Veedhi mandal. The writings on the banners said the "independence was not for Girijans (tribals) but for the imperialists, landlords and rich industrialists who are plundering the country's wealth".

August 20

The CPI-Maoist Korukonda 'area committee' warned the bauxite rehabilitation committee members with dire consequences if they did not surrender before the Maoist praja court (people's court) within a week.

August 30

A native of Boosiputtu village in Munchingput mandal of Visakha Agency, Visakhapatnam District, Pangi Ramayya (35) was hacked to death by a group of CPI-Maoist cadres. The Maoists branded him as a 'Police informer', holding him responsible for the illegal arrests of tribals in the area.

September 4

A special police party and a group of CPI-Maoist cadres were involved in an exchange of fire near Nadimineeda in Siribala area of the G.K. Veedhi mandal of Visakhapatnam District. The exchange of fire lasted for about 15 minutes, said SP Koya Praveen.

September 5

Hours after the exchange of fire between the SFs and the CPI-Maoist cadres at Siribala village under G.K. Veedhi administrative unit in Visakhapatnam District of on September 4, SFs forces found some explosive materials and other items at the site. The seized items included two land mines, plastic sheets, 303 rifle, wire bundles, five rounds of bullets, three knives, two kit bags, Hindi to Telugu translation papers for leaflets and medicines.

September 18

Two CPI-Maoist militia members, identified as Bonangi Suribabu and Pujaari Narayana Rao, from the Korukonda area were arrested by the Visakha Rural Police in Visakhapatnam District.

September 21

The Srikakulam District Police of Andhra Pradesh is on high alert to prevent any possible CPI-Maoist activity along the Andhra Pradesh-Odisha border in the wake of the Maoist Foundation Day celebrations that began from September 21 and is expected to continue till September 27.

September 25

CPI-Maoist released the two brothers they had abducted from the tribal village of Karlapodar in Munchingput mandal in Vishakhapatnam District after conducting an inquiry. The Karlapodar upa-sarpanch Vantala Dhanujaya and his brother Vantala Neelakantham, who is a Sakshara Bharat coordinator, were kidnapped by Maoists on September 23 night as they were suspected of being 'Police informers'. According to sources, the duo was interrogated by Maoists led by AOB leader Ganesh at a praja court held in a remote area on the AOB. Around 50 Maoists, including woman cadres, were present at the meeting, sources added.

October 5

The CPI-Maoist, which has stepped up its activity after the AP Government made its intention clear to exploit bauxite in the Visakha Agency, abducted three TDP members of G.K. Veedhi mandal from their houses in Kothaguda village in Visakhapatnam District. The three are TDP mandal party president Mamidi Balayya Padal, senior leader Vandalam Balayya and District committee member Mukkala Mahesh. The group involved in the abduction was reportedly led by a senior leader and AOBSZC spokesman Chalapathi. A warning letter was sent to the TDP leaders next day (October 6) morning saying that they would pay a heavy price if the Government failed to announce winding up of plans for bauxite mining within a week.

October 11

The CPI-Maoist has called for a bandh in the Vizag Agency areas of Visakhapatnam District of Andhra Pradesh on October 12 and 13 demanding the TDP government withdraw move to mine bauxite in the Agency area.

East Godavari District Police arrested CPI-Maoist State committee member and secretary of the party's Khammam District committee Eruvu Shiva Reddy alias Kiran (38), along with a registered medical practitioner in the forest area under Etapaka Police Station limits. They were produced before the media on October 12. Shiva Reddy was an accused in 73 cases including 27 charges of murder in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Chhattisgarh States and a reward of INR 2 million was announced on his arrest by the Government.

October 12

CPI-Maoist east division committee has said the Government would be responsible for any harm befalling the three TDP men in its captivity if it failed to announce within two days that bauxite would not be exploited in Visakha Agency. A press release from the committee also demanded that the Government stop combing operations by Police parties in Agency.

October 13

Special Police teams combing at Ranasinghi in Salur mandal of Vizianagaram District and cadres of the CPI-Maoist exchanged fire and there were no casualties on either side. Confirming reports of the exchange of fire that lasted for over 15 minutes, SP Navdeep Singh Grewal said that the combing party chanced upon a 'sentry' of some eight to nine Maoists who were camping in the jungle. On seeing the special Police they fired at the team. The exchange of firing continued for 15 minutes and they escaped under the cover of darkness.

October 14

The three abducted members of the ruling TDP of G.K. Veedhi mandal were released by the Maoists after 10 days of captivity. The Maoists handed over TDP mandal unit president Mamidi Balayya Padal, party senior leader Vandalam Balayya and district committee member Mukkala Mahesh to the Girijan employees association leaders after holding a Praja court (Kangaroo court) in interior forest area of Chitrakonda area in Odisha. They were told not to get associated with any political party and to get themselves involved in the anti-bauxite mining agitation of fellow Girijans. The Maoists, who found the bauxite mining as a major issue to regain the lost ground among the Girijans, abducted the three from Kothaguda village near G.K. Veedhi in Visakhapatnam District in the night of October 5. They demanded the Government making their stand clear on not exploiting the bauxite in the Agency and the TDP leaders and workers to quit the party and join the agitation against bauxite mining proposal.

It had extended the deadline by a day from October 13 after former Tribal Welfare Minister M. Manikumari resigned from the three-member committee of the party for Paderu Assembly segment while Girijan employees association continued its effort to get the kidnapped men released and families of the victims and political parties made appeals.

October 26

The CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze two battery vehicles between Kamaluru-Bansi railway stations of the Kothavalasa-Kirandul (KK) line in Andhra Pradesh. Sources said that though the staff in the battery cars escaped safely, the Maoists reportedly took their mobile phones and walkie-talkies.

October 31

The cadres of the CPI-Maoist abducted a pastor's son from the outskirts of Lakshmipuram village in Yetapaka mandal of East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh. According to ASP, of Rampachodavaram, K. Phakeerappa, a group of 15 armed Maoists went to a chapel where pastor Kannaiah lives. When told that the pastor was not at home, they took away his son Isaac (20) to the jungles.

November 2

A former CPI-Maoist cadre, wanted in at least three major cases of Naxalite violence, was arrested from his hideout in Chittoor District. A native of Manika area of Latehar District of Jharkhand, Govind Yadav (35), was an active member of the CPI-Maoist, apparently parted ways with the outfit around six months ago and had fled to Chittoor.

November 3

The All India Christian Council Telangana State vice-president K. Daniel appealed to the CPI-Maoist leadership to ensure the safe release of Isaac (18), son of a pastor, who was reportedly abducted by a group of Maoists from Yetapaka mandal of East Godavari District on October 31.

November 4

Three Maoists were arrested from Lankapalli village under Chintur Police Station limits in East Godavari District. The arrested Maoists identified as Podiyami Somadu (28), Padam Kosa (25) and Vanjam Hirma (40), were involved in series of incidents including attack on Police personnel.

November 8

Andhra Pradesh Panchayat Raj Minister Chintakayala Ayyanna Patrudu received a warning letter from Maoist leaders regarding Bauxite Mining in the state.

November 12

The East Godavari District Police of Andhra Pradesh said the four pastors, who were allegedly abducted by the CPI-Maoist, had returned to Yetapaka along with Isaac, the son of pastor Kannaiah, in the early hours of the day.

November 13

The Andhra Pradesh Police is geared up to tackle the CPI-Maoist if they increase their activity if and when the State Government decides to allow bauxite mining, DGP J.V. Ramudu said. Interacting with the media in Visakhapatnam, he admitted that the Maoists could use the opportunity to regain their lost hold in the Visakhapatnam Agency.

November 15

Special Director-General of CRPF Kode Durga Prasad ruled out the possibility of the CPI-Maoist regaining lost ground in the Agency areas of Visakhapatnam and on the Andhra Odisha Border. The Special DG came to the city on November 15 after a visit to Chhattisgarh, Odisha, and the AOB. Interacting with the media, he said that the present circumstances were not favourable to the rebels as youth seemed to be no longer interested in joining the banned outfit.

November 16

Bowing to huge pressure from tribal groups and CPI-Maoist threats, the TDP Government of Andhra Pradesh has put on hold its bauxite-mining plans in Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram Districts.

November 23

A woman among two CPI-Maoist cadres, carrying cash rewards of over INR 100,000 on their heads, and 10 militia members surrendered before the Visakhapatnam Rural Police. The surrendered Maoists have been identified as Vanthala Ramesh (30) alias Balarevula Ramesh and S Sitha (20) alias Lalitha. Ramesh worked as 'president' of Galikonda Dalam's Annavaram militia pocket while Sitha was holding a similar rank in Korukonda dalam.

Andhra Pradesh Police and Central Paramilitary Forces are now apprehensive of a major offensive by the CPI-Maoist in Visakhapatnam region in the coming days as there are reports of around 250 Maoists sneaking into the region from neighbouring Chhattisgarh.

November 26

The East Godavari District Police arrested 19-year-old Mutchika Adamaiah, allegedly a member of Sabari dalam of the CPI-Maoist which was involved in the abduction of Issac, the son of a pastor, in Lakshmipuram near Yetapaka earlier this month. Adamaiah was nabbed at Gollaguppa village near Chhattisgarh border. Police seized Maoist pamphlets and party literature from the bag that Adamaiah was carrying.

November 27

The intelligence agencies have warned the SFs that around 250 CPI-Maoist cadres from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have moved into Bastar region of Chhattisgarh and they are planning to abduct district administrative, police and senior politicians in the wake of the recent reverses to the Maoists.

December 3

On the second day of its annual PLGA week observation, the CPI-Maoist has conducted a public meeting at Gilagondi village, near Gunukurayi in G.K. Veedhi mandal in Visakhapatnam District of Andhra Pradesh as part of its support to Girijans' campaign against State and Central Governments' plan to start bauxite mining in the Agency.

December 6

The CPI-Maoist gave a call to the people in Agency area to observe 'protest week' from December 21 and a bandh on December 26 against the State and Central Governments' move to take up bauxite mining in Agency area. Secretary of CPI-Maoist's AOBSZC Chandramouli in a press release sent to reporters in Agency area urged the people to take up arms to assert their rights over the forest. They must fight with inspiration from Alluri Sitaramaraju and support Manyam Pithuri Sena of the party and form revolutionary people's committees to take up armed struggle. He said that temporary stalling of GO No. 97 that facilitates bauxite mining in Jerrela area was a ploy of Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu to douse the anger of people and to buy time to increase the attacks on people and to dump more police forces.

December 8

Andhra Pradesh Police arrested a CPI-Maoist explosive supplier, identified as Sk. Dawood, at Turabalagedda between Chintapalli and Narsipatnam in Visakhapatnam District of Agency area. The Police seized 200 iron shells, couplings and detonators with fuse wire bundles, which are allegedly being transported to the CPI-Maoist. SP Koya Praveen said the arrested has a long association with the Maoists.

The annual PLGA week observed by the CPI-Maoist from December 2 passed off peacefully in the Visakha Agency.

December 11

An exchange of fire took place between Police and the CPI-Maoist cadres in the forest area under Iragayi gram panchayat limits in Araku Valley mandal of Visakha Agency. The incident took place during a joint combing operation of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha Police, just 100 metres inside Andhra Pradesh on the border between the two States, SP Koya Praveen said. There are no reports of casualties though some belongings of Maoists were found.

December 12

Nine CPI-Maoist militia members, including three armed cadres, surrendered before the Visakhapatnam rural Police in Vishakhapatnam District. They have been identified as Killi Gopala Rao, Marri Ranga Rao, Korra Lassu, Korra Samba, Gunta Srinu, Killi Bhaskara Rao, Korra Bhaskara Rao, Pangi Satti Babu and Gunta Nageswara Rao. They all belong to G.K. Veedhi mandal of Visakhapatnam agency. SP, Visakhapatnam Rural, Koya Praveen said that among them, K Gopala Rao, M Ranga Rao and K Lassu were the armed militia 'commanders' and remaining militias. The SP said that the armed militias surrendered following counselling by the Police to their family members.

December 14

The AOBSZC of the CPI-Maoist has urged the local people to observe December 21 to 27 as a protest week against the proposed bauxite mining in the Visakha Agency. The committee has also announced that the AOB bandh will be observed on December 26. AOBSZC official 'spokesperson' Jagabandhu released a press note urging the people to form the Revolutionary People's Committees to "gain total ownership on jal (water), jangal (forest) and jameen (land), besides getting empowerment and a proper financial system for better livelihood".

December 18

The Prakasam District Police unearthed a CPI-Maoist arms dump at Boora Gundala in Nallamala Forest area. The dump contained 11 rocket launchers, spares of rocket launchers, gas cutters, cover packing machine, drilling bits, AK Magazine and a single barrel tapancha.

Fear has once again gripped Visakha Agency with the Maoists beginning their campaign for the protest week slated to begin from December 21. Scores of posters and banners surfaced in the area seeking public support for the success of the protest week. The Maoists have also declared a bandh in the AOB areas on December 26.

December 21

Cadres of the CPI-Maoist allegedly killed an adivasi, identified as V. Satya Rao, (55), in G. Madugula mandal in Visakhapatnam District, after branding him a police informer. The killing also marked the beginning of the week-long bandh in the Agency area from December 21, called by the AOBSZC of the CPI-Maoist, protesting against the Government move to mine bauxite in the Jerela area.

December 22

The first day of 'protest week' against bauxite mining called by the CPI-Maoist passed off peacefully in the Visakha Agency of Andhra Pradesh.

December 26

Bandh call given by the CPI-Maoist in Visakha Agency of Andhra Pradesh as part of the weeklong protest against Andhra Pradesh government's plan to take up bauxite mining that commenced on December 21, failed to receive response. Life was as usual in the Agency administrative units as APSRTC buses and private vehicles plied on the roads without hindrance and shops and hotels were open.

December 28

A top CPI-Maoist cadre who was wanted in at least 15 cases of murder and carrying a reward of INR One million on his head was killed in an encounter in East Godavari District. K Chukka alias Nagesh (35) was a 'member' of Sabari 'area divisional committee' of the CPI-Maoist. He was killed in an exchange of fire with the Police in a forest under the Chinturu Police Station limits.

Accused in the call money-cum-sex racket would be given the strictest punishment if the TDP regime fails to take action against them, warned the CPI-Maoist 'state committee'. A statement released by party Spokesman Syam contained the poser "Will you do it (awarding punishment) or shall we do it", indicating that they were waiting for the government to prosecute the financiers in question and their henchmen too. The Maoists charged the ruling party with shielding those financiers who sexually exploited several women by taking advantage of their poor financial background. Syam alleged that the government and the police were protecting MLAs and MLCs of the TDP despite victims filing complaints of regular extortion by the same leaders. "Even Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and a senior Police officer in the rank of Additional Director-General (not named by the banned outfit) were photographed with a key accused Dayanand," the Spokesman said, implying that there is a nexus between moneylenders and the authorities. Syam claimed that the Police top brass intentionally diluted the sex racket case and saved the 'kingpins' only at the behest of the CM. "A crackdown was launched across the state just to divert the public's attention from the main issues. The government sacked anganwadi teachers en masse even as the opposition took up cudgels on their behalf," he rued.

December 29

Visakhapatnam Rural SP Koya Praveen has said that in 2015 the Police witnessed as many as nine exchange of fire incidents between the Police and the CPI-Maoist in which one Maoist was killed. Several weapons, explosives, and other material, including diaries of top Maoist leader Ramakrishna (RK) were seized. While 85 surrendered, 100 were arrested.

December 30

LWEs in Andhra Pradesh have been effectively controlled, said Andhra Pradesh DGP J.V. Ramudu. He said "The Maoists committed 24 offences in 2015 whereas two of them died in exchange of fire," he said, adding that while 100 ultras surrendered, 96 were arrested.

Source: Figures are compiled from news reports and are provisional.





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