Malkangiri encounter: Maoists threaten to kill Naidu and Lokesh

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Security agencies involved in anti-Maoist operations are on a high alert after the CPI (Maoist) issued a threat to the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and his son Lokesh, and pledged to avenge the killing of 28 Maoists in the Malkangiri operation. In a statement issued by the CPI (Maoists)’s AP state committee, the ultras have said that they will even press a suicide bomber, if necessary, to attack Naidu.

The police in Andhra Pradesh have taken notice of why the CPM has used its defunct AP state committee to issue a statement on an encounter that took place in Odisha. Once their stronghold, Andhra Pradesh (Telangana included), has all key Maoist leaders in its territory either killed or arrested.

“For an encounter in Andhra-Odisha border area, their AOBSZC (Andhra-Odisha Border Special Zone Committee) should have issued a statement,” said a state police official. The police suspect that the overground supporters of Maoists issued the statement in AP state committee’s name.

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