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PW focuses on `praja durbars'

VISAKHAPATNAM, JUNE 11. Taking advantage of slackness in combing operations by the police, People's War (PW) naxalites are understood to have decided to focus more on having direct interaction with the Girijans by holding "praja durbars.''

Also known as praja courts, at the durbars the `annalu' are openly settling local issues and passing judgments for enforcement by the landlords and village elders. At the meetings, they are also warning of dire consequences in the event of non-implementation of the orders.

At a meeting held at a coffee garden, in the interior areas of Gudem Kotha Veedhi mandal in the district on Thursday, naxalites asked people to express their support and solidarity with the PW outfit in its fight against the "anti-people'' policies of the Government and the role played by the World Bank in decision-making. The Korukonda dalam commander, Shivaji, and his colleagues, Jagan and Ramana, reportedly held a meeting at Nilapadu village. They summoned a builder, Kankipadu Babu Rao, to the meeting and sought an explanation as to why he did not complete the construction of a Government building. They also distributed the properties of one Sagina Rama Rao among his three wives. for his failure to implement an order served at a praja court some time in 1990.

The naxalites told the villagers that they were constrained to distribute the properties of Rama Rao as he failed to take care of his wives despite an ultimatum served to him on several occasions.

(Related report on Page 8)

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