Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and his son Nara Lokesh have been threatened by Maoists, a day after the encounter in which 28 Maoists were killed on the AP-Odisha border.
A letter from the outfit, signed by CPI (Maoist) AP state committee official spokesperson Shyam, was sent to the media. Noting that the chief minister managed to escape an attempt on his life in 2003, the letter said he may not be so lucky the next time and warned of a possible suicide attack.
Accusing the chief minister of planning the encounter, which they claimed was a 'major covert operation' in which 6,000 police personnel were involved, the Maoists claimed that a few former naxalites had joined hands with the police and helped the cops in the encounter. The letter said the police laced the food served to the Maoists with sedatives and later shot them. In the five-page letter, they vowed to eliminate the ex-naxalites as well.
Naidu, had survived an attempt on his life when his motorcade was targetted on Tirumala ghat road on October 1, 2003. Naidu suffered fractures on his right hand and collarbone and a few other minor injuries. Following the attack, his security cover was beefed up.
The letter went on to say that Maoist-turned gangster Mohammed Nayeemuddin, who was responsible for the killing of scores of Maoists, was groomed by Naidu when he was the chief minister of united Andhra Pradesh. Nayeemuddin was killed in an encounter recently.
However, those who know the Maoists and their modus operandi find this letter strange. The dreaded outfit does not believe in announcing their plans. Neither do they resort to suicide attacks. While police are not sure about the origin and authenticity of the letter, they have been on high alert.
Maoism has practically been suppressed in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. However, there has always been isolated incidents of violence. There were also reports of Maoists slowly expanding their base to Telangana. Chhattisgarh jungles is basically their home, where the head honcho Ganapathy alias Muppalla Laxman Rao is said to be based—ill and immobile.
Meanwhile, the Hyderabad High Court has directed the Andhra Pradesh government to file an affidavit for bringing the bodies of the Maoists to AP after the the government claimed that the "area of offence was outside territorial jurisdiction". This was after the court heard a petition filed by the AP Civil Liberties Committee, which urged the court to book murder cases against the policemen involved, and demanded that the bodies be given to the kin of the deceased.