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HYDERABAD: The state police said that Maoists camping along the Telangana-Chhattisgarh border mostly depend on quacks to get themselves treated for Covid-19 in the areas dominated by them. As a result, tribals and Maoists taking shelter in these areas are risking not only their lives but also that of nearby villagers’ lives, police said.
According to police estimates, more than 75 Maoists have been infected with the virus. On Thursday, a Maoist died while he was secretly undergoing treatment in a private hospital in Kothagudem. Police did not rule out the possibility of some more Maoists and local tribals who might have died of Covid-19 before they received the medical attention.
“It was after a delay of 5-6 days when their condition turned serious, some of the Maoists were shifted to private hospitals in nearby towns or mandals for Covid-19 treatment. Till such time, they take the help of quacks,’’ Kothagudem district superintendent of police Sunil Dutt said.
Kothagudem officials have already warned local villagers against venturing into Maoist-affected areas in Chhattisgarh since the spread of the virus in those pockets has been significant.
“To contain the spread of virus, the local weekly shandy market was shut as a large number of villagers gather in these markets. Villagers can use the lockdown relaxation between 6 am and 10 am to buy essential items,” police officials said.

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