20 naxalites strike terror in Komanapalli, a forest village
BHADRACHALAM: Maoists struck terror in Komanapalli, a forest village close to the inter-State border with Chhattisgarh, killing two tribal leaders including a gram sarpanch, in the early hours on Monday. Three others, including the brother of the sarpanch, were beaten up brutally with the butts of their guns.
Some 20 naxalites accompanied by militant members, mainly gothikoyas (Maoist), stormed into the village around 1 a.m. The naxalites, according to eye witnesses, were armed with sophisticated weapons and aged between 20 and 25 years. In a swift operation, they split into two batches and dragged out the sarpanch, Kaviti Rajulu, 40, and his 70-year-old uncle, Kaviti Subbaiah, keeping their families away at gunpoint. The sarpanch was shot dead while his uncle was hacked to death. The Maoists left two separate letters near the bodies claiming that the tribal leaders had turned into police informers. Both the sarpanch and his uncle, a former village head, enjoyed good reputation among the people. But they had incurred the displeasure of the Maoists for continuing their loyalties with the CPI (M). The sarpanch’s brother, Satyanarayana, who managed to escape from the wrath of the Maoists, claimed that the Maoists neither held out any threat nor warned the sarpanch anytime before.
The killings could be an attempt to terrorise the people and thereby prove their existence.