Maoists disrupt road transport in Agency

Suspected members of the CPI-Maoist Korukonda area committee of Andhra Odisha Border (AOB) on Monday felled 13 giant trees on Kokkirapalli ghat road between G.Madugula and Chintapalli Agency areas to block the road connectivity in the Agency areas, besides destroying a police check-post near Lambasingi tribal hamlet of Chintapalli mandal in Visakhapatnam district.

Suspected members of the CPI-Maoist Korukonda area committee of Andhra Odisha Border (AOB) on Monday felled 13 giant trees on Kokkirapalli ghat road between G.Madugula and Chintapalli Agency areas to block the road connectivity in the Agency areas, besides destroying a police check-post near Lambasingi tribal hamlet of Chintapalli mandal in Visakhapatnam district.

Several vehicles including RTC buses towards Chintapalli from Paderu were halted for nearly two hours. Police led by the G.Madugula circle inspector, Mr L. Mohana Rao, reached the spot and removed the road blockade.

Maoists resorted to the extreme step in the early hours of Monday after giving ‘Bharat Bandh’ bandh call on October 11 in Maoist affected areas across the country. The Maoists announced the bandh call at a meeting in Korukonda on Sunday.

After cutting the trees, the Maoists pasted posters on the walls in the area, demanding that the police should immediately release their leader Damodar alias Azad. “If the police does not do so, they would intensify their stir by disturbing normal life in the Agency,” the Maoists warned.

The Maoists alleged that the police took Azad into custody 26 days ago and hatched plans to eliminate him without producing him in the court.

Sources said that the Maoists felled the trees as part of their efforts to tell the police to address their demands including production of their leader Damo-dar alias Azad in court.

Maoists had earlier damaged an RTC bus of Vizianagaram depot near Dondapudi village of Narayanapatna block of Koraput district in Odisha on October 7 protesting against the arrest of Azad.

Speaking to this newspaper, the Visakhapatnam superintendent of police, Mr G. Srinivas, said that the allegations made by the Maoists that Andhra Pradesh police arrested Azad alias Damodar was baseless.

“Azad was not arrested by them as well as by the AP police,” Mr Srinivas claimed.
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