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Naxals wreak havoc in Chintapalli

Naxals wreak havoc in Chintapalli in AP

G. Narasimha Rao

50 Maoists blast room of Doordarshan's power transmitter

Photo: By arrangement

Deadly attack: Power station building in Chintapalli in Visakhapatnam agency area set on fire by CPI (Maoist) on Wednesday night.

VISAKHAPATNAM: About 50 armed naxalites of CPI (Maoist) along with an equal number of unarmed militia members destroyed several Government establishments in the Chintapalli agency area late on Wednesday night.

They were reacting to the killing of two of its top leaders Sande Rajamouli and Somanna in police encounters recently and to protest against the Government's proposal to take up bauxite mining in the agency area.

The Maoists blasted the transmission room of Doordarshan's very-low power transmitter, a VIP suite of the R & B guest house and the control room of the 33 kv sub-station, besides burning the furniture and household belongings in the house of former MLA P. Balaraju. Superintendent of Police Akun Sabharwal said the naxalites used locally manufactured explosive devices.

An attempt to blast the power transformer in the R and B guest house premises had failed.

A press note released by Secretary of CPI (Maoist) Andhra-Orissa Border Special Zone Committee Bhaskar and the posters pasted and banners hung everywhere in Chintapalli explained the party's stand against bauxite mining and their protest against loss of their leaders in "fake encounters".

The party would also observe a protest week soon, it said.

The CPI (Maoist) party is strongly opposing bauxite mining on the ground that it would destroy the life and culture of tribals who are totally dependent on forests and also against setting up of alumina refineries in the plain area.

In May, they killed Zilla Praja Parishad Vice-President S. Ravi Shankar at his native village of Hukumpeta and one reason quoted by it for killing him was his support to bauxite mining.

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