Bandh called to protest encounter killings

VISAKHAPATNAM: Four days after the reported exchange of fire at Luvvasingi in G Madugula mandal on Thursday, Maoists claimed that police had brutally killed two innocent tribals in the fake encounter. They called for a bandh in the east division consisting of Visakhapatnam and East Godavari districts on May 15 in protest against the fake encounter. The Maoist partyalleged the tribals were killed after they were picked by the special police parties.

East division secretary Bakuri Venkata Ramana alias Ganesh in a press note on Sunday alleged that the police were cooking up a false story that they had killed two of their cadres in the encounter. They had, in fact, gunned down two tribals, Korabu Tellanna Padal and Vandalam Appa Rao, and made it look like a genuine encounter by dropping a tapancha, hand grenades and a landmine bucket at the alleged encounter site, he said.The Maoist leader said that a large number of Greyhounds personnel opened fire on them when their PLGA wing cadres were camping at Pandavulu hills near Luvvasingi to organize the Alluri Manyam Pituri Sena celebrations. The cops allegedly fired 10 shells and 400 rounds on the Maoists. The PLGA wing retaliated the fire. The exchange of fire lasted 45 minutes. He clarified that there was no loss of life or injuries sustained by their cadre.

“The Greyhounds personnel killed the tribals in cold blood as they did not get the ‘expected’ result from the exchange of fire. They shot dead two innocent men and tried to portray them as Red rebels,” he alleged. The Maoist leader urged the people to condemn the brutal act of the police.

He alleged that police under the guidance of tribal welfare minister P Balaraju were employing oppressive tactics to wipe out the Maoist party from Visakhapatnam district. Ganesh said the security personnel had killed several innocent tribals in the name of exchanges of fire in the last five years. He warned the Congress government and its leaders of dire consequences for the repressive methods used on the tribals and Maoist party.


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