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No Maoist presence in Prakasam: SP

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“Gunning down of a gold trader in Bestavaripeta is not a si gn of ‘growing gun culture’”

Building bridges:A rehabilitated child ties a friendship band to Superintendent of Police K.Raghuram Reddy in Ongole on Saturday.— Photo: Kommuri Srinivas
Building bridges:A rehabilitated child ties a friendship band to Superintendent of Police K.Raghuram Reddy in Ongole on Saturday.— Photo: Kommuri Srinivas

Maintaining that Maoists had not revived their presence in Prakasam district, Superintendent of Police K. Raghuram Reddy on Saturday asserted that there was no gun culture in the district as well.

“There are no new recruits by Maoists in the district”, he told reporters here.

Only three former naxalites -- Jana Babu Rao alias Ashok, Bharathi and Nirmala were probably hiding on the other side of Krishna river, he said. Though the two women were willing to surrender, he was prevailing upon them not to give up, he added.

SP’s assurance

He said the gunning down of a gold trader in Bestavaripeta on Thursday night did not point to “ growing gun culture” as perceived by the media.

The shoot-out was carried out by a criminal gang from outside for gold. Such gangs were involved in crimes using firearms or otherwise elsewhere in the State as well.

Only some farmers were in possession of country-made rifles to ward off wild boars. People in general were not using guns in the district, he added.

“We are probing to find out the source of the semi-automatic country-made pistol used in the Bestavaripeta incident”, he added.

Mr. Reddy gave an assuring word to rehabilitated street children as they tied the “childline se Dosti” band on his wrist.

“We are with you”, he said accepting the friendship band from a child found in a distressed situation and rehabilitated by childline team here.

He made them feel comfortable during his interaction to mark ‘Chilldine-Se-Dosti’ week celebrations.

Any child or any organisation could call the toll free number 1098, an outreach service for children in need of care and protection, he said.

They would be rehabilitated on long term basis, Dr Reddy said along with Special Juvenile Police Unit and Child Welfare Officer V.Suryanarayana.

Childline Project Coordinator V. Anil Kumar and its team member B.V.Sagar said childline team rescued a six-year-old girl begging near Mangamoor road and handed her over to the Bala sadan for rehabilitation.


  • A few farmers were in possession of country-made rifles to ward off wild boars: SP

  • ‘Any child or any organisation could call the toll free number 1098’



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