Friday, October 31, 2014

India - bandh call given by Maoists on Thursday in VISAKHAPATNAM

Visakha Agency braces for bandh
VISAKHAPATNAM: Gripped by fear after the murder of a Veeravaram villager and the subsequent lynching of three Maoists by angry tribals, Visakha Agency is now bracing for the bandh call given by Maoists on Thursday. Following the recent incident in Veeravaram village where Gemmeli Sanjeeva Rao was murdered by the Reds and three Maoists, including a commander rank Naxalite Sindri Chinna Ranga Rao, were lynched in retaliation, tribals have confined themselves to their villages in the Visakha Agency and are too scared to even venture out to the weekly markets, sources said.
After the Veeravaram lynching, the CPI Maoist East Division leader Kailasam had stated that 19 villagers involved in the killings of the three Maoists had been identified and he warned those responsible for the act to offer their apologies and surrender before the party failing which they would be punished. Suspecting large scale violence by the Reds, cops have launched extensive combing operations involving 500 security personnel in the Visakha Agency.
Cops are carrying out vehicle checks and taking suspected persons into custody for interrogation, sources said. Night halt buses in the interior pockets and night services were cancelled on Wednesday and a call on whether to run buses in the interiors on Thursday would be taken based on the prevailing situation. Narsipatnam OSD Vishal Gunni told TOI that forces had been deployed for combing operations and his department had taken precautionary measures to deal with Naxalites.

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