Thursday, June 05, 2008

Maoists kill 3 tribals, burn down 6 vehicles

Thursday June 5 2008 09:55 IST
B Satyanarayana Reddy

KHAMMAM: In a fresh bout of violence, the Maoists unleashed terror by killing three tribals and setting half-a-dozen vehicles ablaze in Dantewada district of neighbouring Chattishgarh as part of their Jana Chaitanyam (Public Awareness) campaign.

According to information reaching here, businessman N Ramakrishna (30) and his associates T Laxmaiah (50) and S Nagaraju (30), all residents of Chintakunta village in Charla mandal, left for Kondapalli in Chattisgarh on a two-wheeler three days ago.

At Basavagu, they ran into armed Naxalites and then took another route to Kondapalli. En route, they were again accosted by the ultras.

Believing them to be police informers, the ultras killed and buried them in the same area. The news of the tragedy petered into their village only on Tuesday night.

In other incidents, the Maoists set ablaze two private buses on the Nerli ghat road and torched four tippers at Bachali area in Dantewada district on Tuesday night.

According to Dantewada Superintendent of Police Rahul Sharma, some 50 armed Maoists stopped the Raipur- Kirandul buses. They asked the passengers to alight and then torched the vehicles.

Before fleeing under the cover of darkness, the Maoists also fired upon the police, who rushed to the ghat road. At Bachali, 25 km from Dantewada, some 40 Naxals burnt down the tippers engaged in civil works.

These incidents of vandalism are part of the ‘Jana Chaitanyam’ along the Khammam-Chattisgarh border being held from June 1 till 9.

The Maoists have also pasted posters and distributed pamphlets in the tribal villages asking them to leave their places.

satyanarayana@epmltd.com

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