ANDHRA PRADESH

Task Force on naxals interacts with villagers

SANGAREDDY, NOV. 29. As part of the three-day tour in the State, four members of the AICC task force on naxalites have visited Timmareddipalli and Sirisinagandla villages of Kondapak mandal and Palmakul village of Nangnoor mandal in Medak district here on Monday.

Chairman of the Task Force, M. Sashidhar Reddy, the AICC secretary, Ramachandra, former M.P., Gajendra Singh and the AICC vice-president, Manju Henbram, arrived at Timmareddiapalli from Pragnapur.

The team interacted with the villagers and received their petitions.

Farmers told the members of the task force that lack of irrigation facilities have been driving unemployed youth towards extremism. They told the members that availability of land, water and work would reduce friction in rural areas.

Later speaking to reporters Mr. Sashidhar Reddy said that he would like to listen to the people rather than lecturing them.

HUSNABAD (KARIMNAGAR DT): Majority of the villagers have opined that the naxalite problem could be solved through socio-economic development, construction of irrigation projects and industries to solve unemployment problem and also through implementation of land reforms.

People also expressed concern over the prevailing police high-handedness forcing youth to flee into the jungles and join the naxalites.

Some people have expressed fears about the possible escalation of violence in the region if the peace talks fail.

Members of the task force visited the naxal-hit villages of Basvapur in Indurthi mandal, Husnabad, Huzurabad and Kamalapur mandal headquarters to get first hand information from the public about the prevailing problem and its solutions.

The Task force team was accompanied by the PCC secretaries, Anand Bhaskar and T. Sammi Reddy along with the DCC president and Manthani legislator, D. Sridhar, former legislators, Bomma Venkateshwar, K. Sai Reddy and others.

At Basvapur village, the villagers complained about feudalism and registration of false cases against innocent people.

In Husnabad mandal, a local youth Srinivas, suggested that the Government streamline the process of distribution of loans to the youth.

A woman from Indurthi complained that the police had killed her husband branding him a naxalite.

On the other hand, some youth staged a dharna in front of the MPDO office in Husnabad where the AICC Task force had convened a meeting to interact with the villagers and raised slogans against the naxalites.

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