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By Our Staff Reporter
The Superintendent of Police, Anil Kumar, said four naxalites went to Mr. Ravindra Reddy around 10.30 pm when he was sitting along with his brother-in-law, Ramana Reddy, at his house under construction. After asking who was Ravindra Reddy among the two, the naxalites asked him to accompany them saying that their leader Narasimhulu wanted to talk to him.
When Mr. Ravindra Reddy hesitated they took him forcibly at gunpoint.
After reaching outside the village he was beaten up badly before being shot dead. Four more naxalites were also waiting outside the village. One naxalite was said to have fired on Ravindra Reddy with a tapancha when another was talking to him.
The naxalites had also tried to fire with another weapon but it appeared to have failed to fire.
A couple of live rounds were found on the site of the incident. Naxalites had raided and ransacked his house last year. Mr. Ravindra Reddy could save himself by escaping from the place minutes before the raid.
The SP stated that movement of naxalites had been stepped up during the last 10 days. They had the information that cadre from the neighbouring districts had entered Anantapur.
This was the first action by the PW after a gap of about three months.
The DIG of Anantapur Range, A.V. Narayana, and the ASP, Laxmi Reddy, visited the village. Combing operations were being conducted in the area. Meanwhile, information reaching here from the village indicates that the naxalites resorted to the action on the charges that Mr. Ravindra Reddy is a police informer. Besides, he is a staunch follower of the Penukonda legislator, Paritala Ravindra.
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