Police, APSRTC personnel and local villagers participate
VISAKHAPATNAM: The district police, with the help of APSRTC resumed bus service to the remote villages in the Visakha Agency on Tuesday, four weeks after the APSRTC suspended the services after the CPI (Maoist) burnt two buses near Lankapaakala in G.K. Veedhi mandal during the martyrs week.
The resumption of services preceded a demonstration by the police and APSRTC at G. Madugula in which the locals participated and urged the naxalites not to target the buses. It may be noted that after several years the Maoists targeted the APSRTC buses. They spared the buses for a long time at the request of Girijans as an attack on a bus resulted in suspension of services to the remote villages for a long time, and denial of transport facility.
On Tuesday, APSRTC buses with banners reading “Nenemi Paapam Chesanu” (what sin I have committed) tied to them, were taken out in a rally.
The authorities also asked the Girijans to protect the buses touching their villages from the Maoists.
The programme was organised by the G. Madugula Circle Inspector L. Mohana Rao and Sub-Inspector Narayana Rao at the direction of Superintendent of Police Vineet Brij Lal, according to a press release from the District Police Office.
The Girijans requested the Maoists to stick to their earlier promise that they would not damage APSRTC buses plying in the Visakha Agency area.
They also appealed to the Maoists not to obstruct the road-laying work in the Agency connecting their villages.