Less tribal youth joining naxal movement: SP
Visakhapatnam, Mar 16: The efforts by police to wean off tribal youth from the naxal movement is paying rich dividends in this district which is a known naxal stronghold, a senior police official has claimed.
This was evident from the decline in the number of youth enrolled by the naxals, particularly in the Galikonda and Korukonda Dalams, Superintendent of Police V V Srinivasa Rao told UNI here last night.
Insurgents have strong presence, particularly in the Advasi dominated agency mandals in the northern parts of the district like G K Veedi, Sileru, Chintapalli, Koyyuru and Pedabaylu which are either near to or bordering Orissa.
'Maoist activities are witnessed in about 157 districts of 19 states in the country. There was tremendous response from the youth of this district, which traditionally supported the Maoists, when the district administration called upon them to join the mainstream of the society and lead a peaceful social life.
They have been given assurance that there will be no harassment from the police. Besides, the government will help them in getting rehabilitation,'' Mr Rao said.
The efforts had borne fruit. About 60 Maoists had surrendered to police during the last eight months. The local tribals, known to be strong supporters of the extreme left movement, had welcomed this, the SP said.