22 October, 2020

Waxing Crimson

Police and politicians become targets of renewed Naxal ire after breakdown of talks

Waxing Crimson
One lesson to be learnt from the spate of Naxal violence in Andhra Pradesh last week is that half-hearted peace efforts do not pay off in the long run. They only provide a breather for outfits like the People's War to regroup and strike soft targets once the peace effort is called off. Ever since talks broke down in January this year, the Naxals have resumed their activities. And their twin targets are the same old set of police personnel and politicians.

In this renewed burst of Naxal ire, police stations across the state have been put on full alert following attacks on three different police posts recently. And in a new twist, politicians of the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) are being forced to lie low after being served notice by the Naxals to cut off all ties with the Congress in the state by the middle of this month or face "dire consequences".

TRS chief K. Chandrasekhar Rao has been unusually quiet in response to the Naxal threat. The party has made no official comment on the diktat to sever links with the Congress by June 15 or face action. Earlier, a senior...


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