Bhubaneswar, April 16: Odisha police along with Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh police, as intelligence reports suggest, have been alerted about movement of Mandvi Hidma, a hardcore Maoist leader who masterminded killing of at least 22 CRPF jawans on April 3 in an ambush in Chhattisgarh.
More known as Hidma, the rebel leader has last been tracked to the dense jungles of Andhra Pradesh, where he is believed to have crossed over after the attack.
Security agencies have launched massive aerial surveillance using helicopters and drones to keep a watch on the entire region with thick jungles close to the Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana borders.
Union home minister Amit Shah has given a clear directive to the forces that strict action should be taken against those responsible for the killing of the 22 commandos in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar region on Saturday. After this, the security forces launched a massive hunt for Hidma, who is the key Naxal commander who planned this entire operation.
Earlier also, a massive aerial surveillance was launched in the Bastar region too with helicopters and drones. The information gathered through this aerial surveillance was shared with the security forces on the ground. Sources claimed they have concrete information that immediately after the CRPF attack, Hidma left the Bastar region and moved to the dense forest areas close to the Chhattisgar-Andhra-Telangana borders.
The problem that the security forces are now facing is that due to thick growth in the forest neither drones nor helicopters can be used for “hot pursuit” of Hidma and some of his close associates.
“We have a fairly good idea of where Hidma could be hiding. But we are waiting for some more concrete information to confirm this through our human intelligence network. This is to ensure our security personnel don’t fall into a false information trap. Once more concrete information and intelligence is received from our ground sources, an unprecedented operation will be launched with the active coordination of three state police forces -- from Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh,” sources in the security establishments said.