31 Oct '16, 3am
Last Maoist bastion may have begun to crumble
The last Maoist bastion in the Andhra-Odisha Border (AOB) area may have begun to crumble. This much was evident when a team of crack anti-Maoist forces from Andhra Pradesh and Odisha took the battle to the AOB, took them by surprise and killed 30. Since the Maoist movement began in Andhra Pradesh in 1967 the densely forested AOB, stretching across 1,200 sq km through parts of Visakhapatnam and East Godavari in AP and Malkangiri and Koraput in Odisha, was considered impregnable. Even when the Naxal movement was strong in Srikakulam in the early 1970s and in Telangana in the1990s, the AOB was considered to be a safe haven by the Maoists. When the heat was turned on in Telangana, they took refuge in AOB for its inaccessible terrain to recover and regroup, says former DGP HJ Dora, an expert on Maoists. The nearest ‘kuccha’ motorable road is about 25 km away on the Andhra side ...