Maoists burn Devadula Project vehicles

KARIMNAGAR: Maoists retaliated to top leader Mollojula Koeteswar Rao alias Kishenji’s encounter death by setting ablaze vehicles of the Devadula project pipeline works in Karimnager district on Wednesday night. They also took supervisor Ramulu and tractor driver Parusaram along with them while leaving. One excavator, two tractors and one generator were damaged partially in the attack. The incident took place ahead of the People’s Liberation Guerilla Army sponsored Kishenji memorial week, which will begin on Friday.According to reports, about 30 armed Maoists entered Andhra Pradesh from Chattisgarh on Wednesday night. The incident took place between Mukunoor of Mahadevpur mandal in Karimnagar district and Gangam of Eturunagaram mandal in Warangal district.The armed group reportedly crossed Godavari river from Chattishgarh using country boats. They also tried to set ablaze Devadula project machinery.After entering the Devadula project site, they warned the workers and employees not to move without their permission. They took away the mobile phones of workers and returned them just before leaving. The attack continued till 11.30 pm. However, the incident came to light only in the wee hours on Thursday.Police could not visit the site, some 150 km from the district headquarters, till Thursday evening because of the dense forest. Police enquired from workers about the location from which the Maoists entered the project site and their exit direction.The fate of the two kidnapped workers is still unknown.

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