Taking away mobile phones and valuables from passengers of an APSRTC bus after detaining it near Chaparatipalem on Wednesday night and detaining the passengers including women, children and senior citizens was highly reprehensible and makes one wonder if the Maoists were revolutionaries or robbers, said Circle Inspector of G.K. Veedhi K. Venkata Rao in a press release on Thursday.

Digging up of the road would create more problems for the people, he said. Mr. Venkata Rao said the militia members helping the Maoists have been identified and were told to give explanation personally but the Maoists were forcing them to indulge in violent acts.

Strong action

He warned that strong action would be taken against such militia members.