TAMIL NADU

Maoists blast MP's house

Protest against Pulichintala project

Staff Reporter

GUNTUR: Maoists on Monday blasted the house of the Tenali MP, Vallabhaneni Balashouri, in protest against the Government beginning work on the Pulichintala project on Sunday.

Twelve members of the CPI (Maoist) descended on Morjhampadu in Machavaram mandal of Guntur district in the midnight and after asking the MP's parents to come out of the house, blasted it with tin bombs, police said.

The four-room house suffered extensive damage. Neighbouring houses, however, were spared. Three of the naxalites carried weapons. Six Maoists carried out the operation, Mr. Jojaiah said.

The information was conveyed to the MP while he was travelling in train to Hyderabad. When contacted, Mr. Balashouri said the naxalites had not only damaged the house, but also had taken away Rs. 2 lakhs and jewellery valued at another Rs.1 lakh.

The house was constructed at a cost of Rs. 6 lakhs in 1982, he said. "It is unfortunate that while the Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, is taking interest in the welfare of people, naxalites are trying to thwart development. My active participation in getting approvals for the project seems to irked the Maoists," he added.

Top naxal killed

A report from Warangal said the commander of the Mahadevpur action team, Mothey Narsaiah alias Suryam, was killed in an encounter with a police party at Dudekulapally in Bhoopalpally mandal on Sunday.

Staff Reporter in Nalgonda adds: Members of the Krishnapatti dalam of the CPI (Maoist) and a special party police team exchanged fire in naxal-affected Chandampet mandal on Monday.

According to sources, naxalites, who were retreating on seeing the police team, opened fire on a head constable, Rao, near Buddoni thanda.He sustained bullet wounds. The police opened fire, forcing the naxals to take to their heels.

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