ANDHRA PRADESH

Tribal alleges attempt on life by naxalites

Police charge Maoists with mindless violence

Staff Reporter

ADILABAD: The Adilabad police on Friday presented at a media conference two cases of naxalite violence in the district to strengthen their charge that naxalites indulge in mindless violence.

An alleged attempt by Maoists to kill Pendur Dattu, a tribal leader of Metiguda village in Sirpur (U) mandal, baffled him and the police alike.

According to Mr. Dattu, a sympathiser of Maoists, two naxalites fired at him on August 7 at his home. However, both guns did not work.

Superintendent of Police Kripanand Tripathi Ujela wondered what made naxalites to fire on one of their sympathisers. Mr. Dattu is one of the accused in the landmine blast on November 1, 2001 at Kerameri mandal in which a private jeep driver was killed.

Aid to victim's kin

The SP also handed over a cheque for Rs. 5 lakhs to Chinnakka, the widow of Yellanki Shankar, upa-sarpanch of Girivelli in Dahegaonmandal.

He was killed by naxalites about two months ago on the charge of being a police informer.

Ms. Chinnakka, along with her only minor son, told reporters that her husband was not an informer. She recalled that he had pleaded with the attack team of Maoists to reveal his mistake. However, the naxalites killed him ignoring his plea, she added.

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