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Victims of political violence petition Naidu and other floor leaders

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Allegedly attacked for not voting in favour of Congress



Tale of torture: Victims of alleged political violence by Congress stating their grievances to Telugu Desam Party president N. Chandrababu Naidu in the Assembly on Wednesday. -- Photo: Mohd. Yousuf

HYDERABAD: Victims of an alleged attack by Congressmen from Amlet village in Maheswaram mandal of Ranga Reddy district sought justice from leaders of all parties in the Assembly on Wednesday.

They said that they were attacked with lethal weapons on February 8 for not voting in favour of Congress in the last local body elections. The assailants threw chilli powder in faces and injured six of them. They did not even spare an infant. Leader of the Opposition N. Chandrababu Naidu held in his arms the infant who was brought by its mother. The victims also alleged that the assailants carried away over 20 tolas of gold, a cell phone, camera and other belongings after trespassing into their house. They claimed that senior Congress leader of Maheswaram Pocharam Gopal Reddy was behind the incident and sought security to their lives and property.

Meanwhile, the Telugu Desam on Wednesday released a list of 256 farmers who died either due to snakebite or electrocution while engaging themselves in agricultural work during nights in the last two-and-a-half years of Congress rule.

Addressing a news conference, TDP leaders N. Janardhan Reddy, Vem Narender Reddy, Devineni Umamaheswara Rao, N. Amarnath Reddy and D. Narendra Kumar demanded an ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakhs to the victims. The list would be sent to the State Government.

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