Koyyur Encounter: Bloody Memory In Maoist History.. 23 Years Of Koyyur Encounter: Encounter between police and Naxalites at Koyyur 23 years ago: Koyyur encounter is a bloody memory in the history of the Naxalites movement. It is considered a huge blow to the Maoists. On December 2, 1999, a massive encounter took place between the police and People’s War forces at Koyyur village of Malhar Mandal of Bhupalapally district (erstwhile joint Karimnagar district). The People’s War lost three key leaders in this encounter. The then central committee member Nalla Adiredda, North Telangana Special Zonal Committee Secretary Seelam Naresh, and Andhra Pradesh State Committee Secretary Erram Santhosh Reddy fell to the ground. The martyrdom of these three had a profound impact on the Maoist movement.

Doubts on Encounter:

However, public associations are accusing it of being a fake encounter. Civil rights groups have accused the police of killing them in a fake encounter after capturing them on December 1 in Bengaluru. Before this massive encounter, Naxalites had shot dead former speaker Duddilla Sripadarao on 13 April 1999 in the Annaram forests of Mahadevpur Mandal. It is said that the police made this encounter in response to this.

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Seed of Maoist Party:

After this encounter huge changes took place in the Naxalite movement. People’s Guerrilla Army (PGA) was formed in their memory. It was established on December 2, 2000, by the People’s War. Every year from December 2 to December 8, Maoists organize PGA Week. In 2004, the Maoist party built a huge stupa in their memory at Kamanpur in the Peddapalli district. After that other Naxal groups like MCCI, and Viola Samakhya merged into the People’s War Group. Since then, the People’s War has become a Maoist party. Along with this, the People’s Guerrilla Army (PGA) became the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PGLA).

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Turmoil at the Borders:

The Maoist party hopes to regain strength in the Telangana region. Especially in the border districts of Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh such as Bhupalapalli and Mulugu along with Kumrambhim and Bhadradri Kothagudem districts, it is conducting intermittent operations. In many cases, Maoist sympathizers are arrested in these districts. There are Maoist movements in Palimela, Mahadevapur, and Mahamuttaram manuals of Bhupalapally district. In addition to this, there is information that the Maoists are using Ettur Nagaram, Wajedu, and Venkatapur manuals of Mulugu district as a shelter zone.

Adjacent to these two districts is Gadchiroli in Maharashtra and Bijapur district in Chhattisgarh which are Maoist-affected districts. With this, the Maoists are trying to spread the movement again in these areas. Currently, there is a high alert in the agency areas with PGLA week celebrations. With this, the police have increased surveillance in the Godavari catchment forest areas as well as agency villages and inter-state borders.


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