ANDHRA PRADESH

Clashing groups lathicharged at gram sabha

NALGONDA JAN.3. Police resorted to mild lathicharge to quell the two groups that engaged in pelting stones resulting in injuries to 11 persons at the gram sabha of Bandaramaram in Tungaturthi mandal on Friday.

According to the police, the altercation that took place during yesterday's mid-day meal programme, in which students of a community boycotted the meal, was raked up again on Friday. Two groups pelted stones on each other after a heated argument over the issue. The MLA, Sankineni Venkateswar Rao's efforts to pacify the mob proved futile. The SP, Viswanath Channappa Sajjanar, said that the police resorted to a mild lathicharge as the mob had gone beyond control.

In another incident, irate villagers mobbed the MPDO for the inaction of officials in solving the water problem in Gatlapalli of Nampally mandal.

Meanwhile, the MPs, A. Sudarshan and G. Sukhender Reddy visited Munugode and Sansthan Narayanapur mandals and inaugurated bus shelters and road bridges and a shopping complex. They distributed assets worth Rs.19 lakhs in the Munugode gram sabha.

Mr. Reddy announced allocation of Rs.15 lakhs from the MPLAD fund to build a feeder channel at Munugode, if the villagers solved the problems that were coming on the way of land acquisition. He also extended financial assistance to construct three additional classrooms in a school.

The MP assured the handloom weavers of Narayanapur that he would impress upon the Government to purchase the stock worth Rs.10 lakhs. Both of them appealed to the people to make use of Janmabhoomi to solve their problems and the mid-day meal programme to provide their wards education as well as the food.

The SP said that no MDO in the district had filed a complaint on the caste discrimination in the mid-day meal programme. "I asked my personnel to book such cases without second thought and act accordingly,'' he added.

The SP today formally launched the office of the "Clues Team,'' which is meant for the scientific investigation in the important cases. A permanent vehicle and equipment was provided to the team, which consists of an ASI and three constables. Mr. Viswanath said that the team enabled the department to investigate cases scientifically and thoroughly.

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