Saturday, December 29, 2007

Tribal killed, lorry burnt during Maoist bandh

Saturday December 29 2007 13:13 IST

Express News Service

VISAKHAPATNAM: The Maoist-sponsored bandh in protest against the Yedukulammakonda encounter, was marred by violence and arson on Friday.

A tribal tailor was killed and a wood-laden lorry was set ablaze near Peddagadda of Chintapalli mandal.

The Maoists picked up tribal youth Tambelu Betro (30), a tailor by profession and a resident of Bennavaram and shot him at Peddagadda, 30 km away.

They accused him of being a police informer. Immediately later, the Maoists set a lorry ablaze and left the place shouting slogans against the encounter.

Apprehensive of surprise attacks, the police and special parties stayed on an alert and intensified combing operations in all the three Naxal-affected districts of north coastal Andhra.

Political leaders, already on Maoist hit-list, have shifted to safe places and bus services to interior areas have remained suspended.

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