New Delhi, Jan 27: A person was killed and another left injured after Maoists went on rampage in Telangana’s Bhadradri Kothagudem district early Saturday. They also set ablaze several vehicles including four trucks, two JCBs and a tractor in three separate incidents in the district bordering Chhattisgarh.
The deceased has been identified as Jogaiah, a native of Chhattisgarh who was currently residing in Kothagudem. He was shot dead in the attack in Veerapuram village. Maoists also opened fire on another person at Suryanagar in Bhadrachalam town in the same district. But M. Ramesh escaped with bullet injuries on his hand.
As per the reports, both Jogaiah and Ramesh were former Maoists and the Maoists suspected them to be acting as informers for police. The attackers left behind a letter saying their action was in protest against the illegal sand mining in the area.
Following the attacks, police sounded an alert in the area and launched combing operations. Telangana was once the stronghold of Maoists but their activities have been brought under control by sustained police operations.
In 2017, police claimed that Maoist attacks were declined by 90 per cent.
(With inputs from IANS)