MLA's house blasted
VISAKHAPATNAM: Maoists blew up the residence of former MLA of Chintapalli Pasupuleti Balaraju at GK Veedhi in the early hours on Sunday.
A group of five Maoists went to the former MLA's residence where his relatives are staying, and blew it up with land mines. Before the police rushed to the spot, the Maoists escaped under cover of darkness.
Balaraju is currently staying at Chintapalli and this is the first in more than decade that the Maoists targeted at his properties.
It may be recalled that Balaraju was kidnapped by the erstwhile People's War in 1993 when he was Chintapalli MLA (Congress) and his prolonged captivity had kept the Government and police on tenterhooks. Since then he has been maintaining a low-profile but did not quit the party.
According to sources, the Maoists targeted Balaraju's residence to deter him from playing an active role in the ensuing local bodies' elections.
He is involved in ruling party's campaign in the constituency (Chintapalli).
COMBING INTENSIFIED: Meanwhile, the police have intensified their combing to curb the extremist activities, which witnessed a spurt after the Orissa Government banned the extremist organisation.
Additional forces were deployed in Agency areas throughout Andhra-Orissa border area where the Maoists stepped up their activity.
Von: 26.06.2006, http://www.newindpress.com