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Congress, CPI demand probe into political killings

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ANANTAPUR, JAN. 8. The District Congress Committee has demanded the State Government to order a judicial or CBI inquiry into political murders that occurred in the district during the last nine years. DCC leaders have alleged that the TDP has been encouraging political killings.

Talking to newspersons here today, the DCC president, A. Venkatarami Reddy, and the former legislator, P. Venugopal Reddy, accused the TDP of trying to divert the issue of suspicious death of the Congress leader and former legislator, N. Gadi Lingappa, at Hyderabad, last month by attributing the recent political attacks in the district to the Congress.

They alleged that it was the TDP which was trying gain political mileage from the issue of Gadi Lingappa's suspicious death and refuted charges levelled against them by the TDP. They sought to know how their demand for a CBI probe into Gadi Lingappa's death would amount to gaining political mileage when TDP leaders too demanded the same.

For the recent political violence in the district -- three murders at Ravulacheruvu and clashes at Channampalli - Congress leaders held the TDP responsible. They demanded a judicial or CBI inquiry into political killings in the district during the last nine years and even earlier. People needed to know facts about the political killings, they said.

Meanwhile, the district secretary of CPI, M.V. Ramana, and the State secretariat member, K. Ramakrishna, told reporters at another press meet that factional violence had increased in the district during the past couple of months. Several incidents of political violence occurred in villages in recent weeks, they said.

They demanded the police to be stern against the culprits involved in political violence and probe all incidents, including Gadi Lingappa's suspicious death, killings at Ravulacheruvu and attacks at Channampalli.

They cautioned the police that political violence might increase with the approach of the elections and if the police were not firm.

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