Amid apprehensions of possible retaliatory acts by Maoists to avenge the killing of S. Rajkumar alias Arun, a senior cadre of the rank of the District Committee Member, in Tuesday’s “encounter” in Charla mandal, the police have beefed up security at vital installations in Bhadrachalam Agency in view of Maoists’ Martyrs’ Week slated to begin on Saturday.

The Maoists have already launched a wall poster campaign in remote tribal habitations of Charla mandal, situated along the volatile Telangana-Chhattisgarh border, to mobilise support for the forthcoming Maoists’ Martyrs’ Week.

Wall posters have sprung up in the name of CPI (Maoist) Charla-Sabari Area committee at C Kathigudem, Gannavaram Colony, and Pujarigudem villages in Charla mandal in the early hours of Thursday, sources said.

The Charla police, as part of stepped up surveillance, nabbed a woman militia member of the outlawed outfit during the course of vehicle checking drive at R Kothagudem village in the mandal on Wednesday morning.

The police claimed to have seized explosive material from the woman militia member and thwarted an impending act of sabotage targeting government property.

Combined teams of police and paramilitary personnel have been pressed into action to carry out intensive combing operations in the forest fringe areas of Charla and Dummugudem mandals to foil attempts, if any, by the Maoists from holding meetings and erecting makeshift “memorials” in the Agency areas during the next one week.

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