Police play it safe, make them avoid high-risk areas
Sunita Lakshma Reddy and Ramreddy Venkata Reddy take a bus from Nellipaka to Nandigama
On their way back, they take a risky route from Nandigama to Bhadrachalam
KHAMMAM: A host of political leaders and officials had a risky travel sharing an ordinary bus of the Road Transport Corporation along with general public for a long distance for security reasons, as two Ministers ventured into the Maoist-affected pocket in Bhadrachalam division throwing to the winds the caution sounded by the police well in advance.
The police, who found themselves on tenterhooks in making special bandobust for the VIP trip in the tribal pocket, managed to skip a few highly affected villages from their programme.
Accompanied by Bhadrachalam MLA Kunja Satyavathi and Zilla parishad Chairperson G. Vijayalakshmi, Minister for Minor Irrigation Sunita Lakshma Reddy and Minister for Cooperation and Employment Ramreddy Venkata Reddy ventured into the villages of Rayanapeta and Nellipaka for laying foundation stones for two lift schemes.
A high alert had already been sounded in the area in the wake of the Dantewada ambush that left 76 CRPF jawans killed last month.
Adding to the tension, a youth was shot dead by the Maoists branding him an informant at Chatti village close to the inter-State border with Chhattisgarh last night.
Initially, the Ministers had plans to visit Dummugdem to attend some programme arranged by the party leader.
The police officials prevailed on the party leaders and succeeded in cancelling the trip to the place.
Another Congress leader wanted to take the two Ministers to his native village – Ganneru Koyalapadu – for lunch.
The police pleaded helplessness in arranging security as it was not on the road point and the place was considered to be unsafe for the Ministers at this juncture.
Sigh of relief
Both the Minister's boarded a Road Transport Corporation bus at Nellipaka and reached Nandigama.
They depended on the RTC bus for travelling through the risky route on their way back from Nandigama to Bhadrachalam.
The police forces deployed as part of bandobust heaved a sigh of relief as the Ministers returned safely from their tour in the tribal pocket.