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Vakapalli case: police see bid to influence court

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Association decries solidarity rally

The Andhra Pradesh Police Officers’ Association has taken exception to the girijans taking out a solidarity rally on Sunday in support of the Vakapalli “gang-rape” victims.

In a press release on Tuesday, the association alleged that the girijans were influenced by the Maoists and their frontal organisations to take out the rally.

“The case is in court, and it is a deliberate attempt to influence the court,” alleged Mr. Subba Raju, president of the association’s Visakhapatnam chapter.

The Maoists were using the girijans to further their ends. The association members pointed out that the Maoists were harassing the girijans and killing them after branding them as police informers. The Maoists were even exploiting the girijan women sexually, he alleged.

“In such cases, the frontal organisations do not raise their voice,” he alleged.

The association members also alleged that the Maoists were losing popular support and were therefore indulging in such mud slinging. They were even causing hurdles for development in the Agency areas, he charged.

On August 20, 2007, 11 adivasi women of Vakapalli in Nurmati panchayat of G. Madugula mandal in the Agency region of Visakhapatnam district had allegedly been gang-raped by personnel of Greyhounds, the elite anti-Naxal force of Andhra Pradesh.

The case is now being heard by a special court handling SC, ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act cases.

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