Maoists losing sway in erstwhile stronghold?
The banned CPI (Maoist) appears to be losing vital ground in the vulnerable Agency area of Visakhapatnam district, with tribals voting in large numbers in the April 11 elections despite a boycott call issued by the ultras.
Polling in the Araku region stood at over 70%, while in Paderu it was over 66%. Tribals from interior pockets where Maoists are known to hold sway, such as Killamkota, Darakonda, Jerella, Puttukota, Busuputtu, Injari, Annavaram and Balapam, had also turned up in large numbers to cast their vote.
“This is an indication that the Maoists are losing their grip and that the tribals are defying their diktat,” said a senior officer from the State Intelligence Bureau.