Explosives unearthed from faction-ridden villages

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major breakthrough: Sattenapalli DSP (centre) K.M. Rajendra displays the seized explosives to mediapersons on Tuesday.
major breakthrough: Sattenapalli DSP (centre) K.M. Rajendra displays the seized explosives to mediapersons on Tuesday.

Staff Reporter

Police recover bombs in Pinneli and Kunkalaguntla villages

NARSARAOPET: Fears over violence in the ensuing elections continues to haunt faction-ridden villages in Palandu after the police unearthed huge quantities of country-made bombs from Kunkalagunta in Nakerikallu mandal and Pinneli village in Machavarm mandals on Tuesday. The police also bound over 8,000 persons with a criminal history under Section 107 of Cr.PC.

During raids conducted on various places during the past five days, the police recovered 241 bombs. Superintendent of Police Mahesh Chandra Laddha, who announced reward to anyone disclosing information about the explosives, complimented the police officers.

Police teams led by Sattenapalli DSP K.M. Rajendra and Machavaram SI Dharmendra Babu combing the agricultural field at Pinneli village unearthed 52 bombs hidden in the fields on Tuesday morning. Of the seized bombs, 32 belonged to Congress activists.

Bloody clashes

The village, a hotbed of faction politics, has been witnessing bloody clashes between the Congress and TDP supporters. In the aftermath of 2004 elections, Congress supporters hacked to death a TDP supporter Boya China Jeeva. In retaliation, TDP men killed K. Rami Reddy in the year 2005.

In September 2008, a bomb explosion ripped apart the house of Mahanti Veeramma and since then faction politics have been simmering in the village.

Based on a tip-off, the police seized 85 bombs from another faction ridden village of Kunkalaguntla in Nakarikallu mandal on Tuesday. The village, which witnessed bomb attacks in the 2004 elections, continues to be one of the most sensitive villages in the Narsaraopet Assembly constituency. Bombs were seized from a burial ground on March 13, followed by seizure of 99 bombs on Monday.

Police sources said that the seizure of huge quantities of bombs by the local police confirmed that parties are bracing up for yet another bloody battle.

District S.P Mahesh Chandra Laddha said that all the sub inspectors and circle inspectors have been instructed to elicit information and seize explosives.



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