The tribal people of Mukudupalli and Gorrilametta and surrounding villages in Koyyuru mandal in the Agency area of the district appealed to Superintendent of Police Vikram Jeet Duggal, Officer on Special Duty (Narsipatnam) A.R. Damodar and their team to sanction roads, schools, transport and water facilities to their villages.

These villages, located around 50-km away from the Galikonda base, the Maoist stronghold in the area, do not have basic transport facilities. A meeting, Sadhbhavana Yatra, was held at Mukudupalli village on Monday.

Addressing the meeting, the SP said roads were the lifeline for development of the tribal areas and an answer to their problems. The efforts of the government machinery to provide roads and basic infrastructure facilities were being opposed by the Maoists. They were burning road laying equipment and were threatening contractors which indicates that they do not espouse the cause of the development of tribal people. Referring to the recent murder of the Balapam sarpanch Sindri Karla, he said the killing of a man, who was working for the welfare of tribal people was a reflection of the desperation of the Maoists to retain their waning support among tribal people.

Mr. Duggal called upon the Maoists to shun violence and join the mainstream of society. He appealed to them to surrender and promised that all they would get all help from the government. Responding to the plea of the tribal people, he promised to take their grievances such as lack of roads and communication facilities to the notice of the Collector and strive to get them solved.

The SP distributed saris to tribal women, lungis to men and volleyball kits to youth.

The SP and his team had community lunch with the tribal people. Assistant Superintendent of Police (Narsipatnam) Vishal Gunni, IPS Trainee Kamlesh Kumar and Inspectors Venkata Rao (SBX), G. Somasekhar (Koyyuru), KNSV Prasad (Chintapalli) and G. Rambabu (G.K. Veedhi) participated in the yatra.

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