Naxals attack bus passengers ahead of bandh

VISAKHAPATNAM: In a renewed bid to strike fear among people ahead of their bandh on March 24, Maoists resorted to violence in the Vizag Agency.

They stopped a night halt bus at Chaparatipalem in G K Veedhi mandal and looted the passengers of their belongings. They also felled trees, dug up a culvert and damaged roads.

About 20 rebels, mostly militia members, created panic among the bus travelers at Chaparatipalem by taking away cash and cell phones.

They ordered the passengers to disembark in the late hours of Wednesday and did not allow them to travel. The passengers had to wait till another bus came there in the early hours of Thursday.

The Maoists blocked KD Pet and Pedavalasa ghat road at Chaparatipalem by digging up a culvert.

They stopped a night halt bus heading to Chintapalli from Narsipatnam and asked the passengers to get down. They also stopped six two-wheeler riders. The extremists took their cell phones and some cash. Simultaneously, a group of militia members felled trees at Lothugedda near G Madugula mandal where they had blasted a BSNL exchange five days ago.

They put up banners and posters alleging that central ministers Kishore Chandra Deo and Jairam Ramesh and state minister Balaraju were deceiving tribals. The Maoists demanded the ministers to make clear their stand on bauxite mining.

The activities of Maoists in GK Veedhi and G Madgula mandal in the last 10 days have been on the rise. The militia members took away iron sheets and pipes from Lankapakalu coffee pulping unit over the last three days. “Police have information but they are scared to venture into the area,” a student said.

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