Maoists blast coffee pulping unit at Chapagedda
The attack was reportedly led by leaders of Galikonda area committee;
coffee berries spread for drying and a tractor were set afire. Twenty
armed cadres of the CPI (Maoist) accompanied by 50 militia members
blasted two coffee pulping units and a godown of the AP Forest
Development Corporation’s coffee pulping yard at Chapagedda in GK Veedhi
mandal late on Tuesday night. Coffee berries spread over the drying
yards and a tractor were set on fire.
A letter addressed to the Regional Manager and Divisional Manager of
APFDC and left behind by the east division committee of the Maoist party
said that the attack was in protest against the killing of party
members in encounters, which it said were fake; against Operation Green
Hunt and to demand the government to stop establishing new police
stations and police outposts in Visakha Agency. They were meant to
suppress the Girijans who were fighting for their rights over coffee
plantations and against the proposed mining of bauxite. The party
demanded APFDC to leave Visakha Agency. It also gave call for a bandh in
the east division on Thursday with the above demands.
The attack was reportedly led by Azad and Kavita, leaders of the
Galikonda area committee of the Maoist party, and Ravi, said to be the
official spokesman of the Andhra Orissa border special zone of the
party. The machinery and buildings were allegedly blasted using mines.
APFDC estimated the loss around Rs. 30 lakh. The Maoists were said to
have held a meeting after blasting the pulping units.