ANDHRA PRADESH

Naxal feud: panel finds conditions `atrocious'

HYDERABAD, NOV. 29. A fact-finding team of various organisations found the living conditions "atrocious" for nine families, which had severed links with CPI-ML (New Democracy) and joined the Janashakti group of naxalites at Ramnarsaiah village of Khammam district.

The team told reporters here on Monday that the New Democracy activists attacked the Janashakti supporters in their presence when they visited the village to gather details on November 20. About 30 persons, including five women, were injured and 20 were found missing following the attack.

A woman complained of having been raped, the team comprising Keshav Rao Jadhav, president of People's Union for Civil Liberties, T. Hanumandlu, general secretary of Telangana Aikya Vedika and E. Narasimha Reddy, A.P. Teachers Federation leader said.

Ousted from village

They said the nine families which were driven away from the village took refuge elsewhere. They returned to the habitation on learning about the visit of the fact-finding team. About 200 more Janashakti supporters also went to the village in jeeps and trucks from Kodakandla in the adjoining Warangal district. But, the New Democracy activists who dominate the village waylaid the vehicles and attacked the occupants.

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