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Naxals torch earthmover

By Our Staff Reporter

NALGONDA DEC. 19. Naxalites belonging to the People's War on Thursday burnt down an earthmover at Nerudugumma village in Chandampet mandal.

According to police sources, three naxals stopped the earthmover between Jodubavi thanda and Charla thanda and asked the driver to leave the place. A naxal threatened to kill the driver with a pistol when he dared to question them. Later, the trio burnt down the vehicle, but the earthmover got damaged only partially. A white paper with the name of Arunakka, the Sagar Area Committee leader, was found at the spot. As a policy, the People's War is opposed to the use of earthmovers in the works.

Surrendered naxal

shot dead

Naxalites belonging to the People's War shot dead a surrendered naxal, Jala Govindu (21), dubbing him a "police informant," in Peddamula village in Chandampet on Thursday night. According to police sources, a group of naxals found Govindu, who had given up arms last year to lead a peaceful life, in his grocery shop and detained him. He was taken to the nearby forest area and next morning his bullet-riddled body was found.

The police believe that the Krishnapatti dalam could have committed the crime, branding Govindu an informer. Govindu had worked with the same dalam for about three months before being shifted to the Rachakonda dalam. Dubbing the killing as a mindless act, the ASP (Operations), P.Viswa Prasad, said that the Police Department was processing his application for buying an auto-rickshaw. Govindu's regular trips to the police headquarters might have sent wrong signals to the naxals, a police officer said.

This is the second incident involving the naxals hours after the visit of the Chief Minister, Chandrababu Naidu, to Pedda Adisaralapally mandal yesterday. According to information reaching here, about 16 naxalites held a gram sabha in Peddamula till Friday afternoon.

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