Friday, November 28, 2014
Maoists hold memorial meeting in Agency
Ahead of the PLGA week commencing on December 2, the banned CPI (Maoist) held a meeting on the border with Odisha in Visakha Agency on Thursday to pay homage to its district committee member Sharath and militia member P. Ganapathi who were killed in an attack by the people near Korukonda shandy on October 19 and repeated its warning that it would not spare Simhachalam who escaped from the Maoist attack and 19 villagers who attacked the party men at the behest of the police. While Sharath and Ganapathi were clobbered to death, another militia member Korra Nageswara Rao who was dumped in a nearby stream believing that he was also killed due to thrashing, survived and talked to the media during the meeting.
Nageswara Rao said Simhachalam provoked his people to attack Sharath and others while being taken to a praja court. Congress and Telugu Desam were following same policy towards bauxite mining and keen to take up mining in spite of protests from Girijans of Visakha Agency, he said. The meeting for which people from 33 villages under Balapam Gram Panchayat were asked to attend by the Maoists as if to show that their influence over the area has not diminished, was addressed by party’s east division secretary Kailasam while many top leaders of State rank were also present. More than a hundred party functionaries of all cadres were present, according to information received here.