Maoists guns down TDP MLA, ex-legislator in AP after long lull

The Maoists, incidentally were observing their organisations formation week from September 21 to 27.

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Amaravati, Publish Date: Sep 23 2018 11:57PM | Updated Date: Sep 23 2018 11:57PM
Maoists guns down TDP MLA, ex-legislator in AP after long lullFile Photo

Breaking a long lull in their activities in Andhra Pradesh, the outlawed CPI (Maoists) Sunday shot dead a sitting MLA and a former legislator of ruling Telugu Desam Party in Araku area in Visakhapatnam district, police said.

The gunning down of Araku MLA Kidari Sarveswara Rao his predecessor Siveri Soma, both Scheduled Tribes, in Lippitiputta village triggered violence with their irate relatives and local tribals attacking two police stations, blaming the police for 'failure' to ensure protection to the two leaders.

Police, however, claimed the MLA and his predecessor went to the village in Dumbriguda mandal, close to the Odisha border, without prior intimation to them.

The daring attack by Maoists came at a time when the state government and the police were considered to have gained an upper hand over the CPI (Maoist) with no major incident involving the ultras reported in the past four-and half years.

The Maoists, incidentally were observing their organisations formation week from September 21 to 27.

The two TDP leaders were in the village to take part in a 'grama darsini' (village visit) programme, police said.

"A group of Maoists came along with the villagers and blocked the cars of the two. As the personal security officers of the legislator and the ex-legislator got down, they snatched the AK-47 rifles from them and shot Sarveswara Rao and Soma dead," Visakhapatnam Range Deputy Inspector General of Police Ch Srikanth told .

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