Chhattisgarh, AP Maoists shifting bases to Orissa’s Malkanagiri
By Akhand in BHUBANESWAR:
Maoist rebels are shifting their bases from the forests of Chhattisgarh and Andra Pradesh to neighbouring Orissa.
According to sources in Chhattisgarh Police “Due to heavy police build up in Chhattisgarh, Maoists who had been hiding in the Bastar region since early 1980s are shifting their bases to Orissa’s Malkangiri forest,”.
Latest intelligence reports also indicated that many Maoist leaders had fled to Malkangiri. Chhattisgarh police raids on their bases in the Abujhmad forest in Bastar region. Maoists have set up training centres, a research and development (R&D) unit, and several explosives manufacturing units in Abujhmad forest, spread across about 4,000 sq km in Bastar.
Orissa police also admits the movement of the red rebel. An official in Police Head Quarter at cuttack said that not only from Chhattisgarh, but also from AndhraPradesh the Maoist gurrila are shifting their bases to orissa's dense forest because they target the security perssonel easily as there is no co-ordination between Orissa Police and other security persons involving in the cumbing operations.
The rebels run a de facto administration in Abujhmad forest, where many tribals reside, and government officials have never dared to enter the area in the past. However, in the last six months security forces backed by reinforcements in a 24-seater helicopter have stormed into the forest several times.
It is noted that Chhattisgarh has not witnessed any major attack by Maoists in the past three months while the rebels killed more than 50 policemen in Malkangiri district of Orissa in recent weeks.