Hidma: Maoists suffered a setback. Central committee member Hidma was killed. Hidma was encountered in Telangana greyhounds operation. Hidma was killed in an operation conducted by Greyhounds and CRFF Cobra on the Telangana-Bijapur border. Hidma acted as a key Maoist strategist in several states including Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Odisha. In 1996-97, at the age of 17, he was attracted to the movement and joined the Maoists.
Puvarti Hidma is a native village in Sukma district of South Bastar district of Chhattisgarh. He has nicknames like Santhosh and Hidmallu. Before joining the movement, Hidma was a farmer. Hidma, who studied till class 7, learned English from a lecturer who worked with the Maoist party. He became an expert in the manufacture and repair work of weapons. During 2001-02, Hidma was promoted to a platoon in South Bastar district.
Salvajudum’s growth caused Hidma to become more active. In 2007, Hidma played a key role in the attack on CRPF at Urpal Metta. He was the mastermind behind the loss of lives of 23 jawans in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district. Hidma is known as the toughest among the Maoist forces. The police have also announced a reward of Rs.
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