Consoling victims

Scared, angered and happy. A mix of emotions greeted the Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, when he went to console the victims of dacoit gang at Suraram on Wednesday. Clearly scared after victimisation by the gang, in which one person lost his life, the villagers were peeved at the way the police handled the situation.

Their anger was complete when it was found that two cops on night patrol meekly handed over their weapons and allowed the marauding dacoits to lock them up in a house! But the fact that the Chief Minister himself chose to visit their village made them happy. Though Naidu did not rebuke the cops in public, his annoyance too was obvious and got reflected in his sarcastic comments about them.

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