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PW calls two-day State bandh

By Our Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD July 8. The CPI-ML People's War (PW) has called a State bandh on Thursday and Friday in protest against the killing of Padmakka, member of the North Telangana Special Zonal Committee (NTSZC), recently.

In a statement here on Monday, the PW alleged that the Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, had "scuttled the process of talks, the agenda for which is being prepared keeping the democratic rights and basic problems of people in mind.''

The statement signed by three top naxalite leaders -- Ramakrishna, secretary of the State Committee, Balakrishna, secretary of the Andhra-Orissa Border Committee and Jampanna, secretary of NTSZC -- appealed to people to understand how Mr. Naidu was trying to "liquidate our State leadership and scuttle the process of talks.'' The Nerella incident clearly demonstrated the fact that who was following "murderous and criminal politics.''

The leaders appealed to people to participate voluntarily in the bandh to protest against "the repression let loose by the Government.'' They also called upon the revolutionary masses and guerrilla forces to be vigilant and resist and fight back the armed repressive attacks on them.

DGP unfazed by withdrawal

of emissaries

By Our Staff Reporter

KARIMNAGAR JULY 8. The Director-General of Police, Pervaram Ramulu, has said the peace talks process with naxalites of the People's War will not be affected with the pulling out of the PW emissaries -- Varavara Rao and Gaddar.

"The emissaries' role is over and their dissociation would not hamper the talks process. We are expecting them (naxals) for talks and the naxalites should definitely come for the talks process for the long-term solution of the region,'' he noted.

Talking to newsmen in Warangal on Monday, the DGP said that the PW emissaries had wasted time during the peace process by singing songs, by carrying placards and protesting against the encounters. To a question about the PW emissaries fearing threat to life, he said they were not disclosing from whom they perceived threat. "If they require we would provide security by giving them gunmen. I know them personally. If they approach me I will solve their problem,'' he pointed out.

"We would also provide security to the PW leader, Shekamuni Appa Rao, if comes for the peace talks process,'' he said. To a question, the DGP said that they would also welcome peace in the State with the talks process with naxalites. Stating that naxalites had snatched away several weapons from police personnel, he demanded that the naxalites surrender those weapons. He said that the naxalites were spreading their tentacles into other areas of the State by carrying weapons and terrorising people at gunpoint.

"We oppose carrying of weapons by the naxalites,'' he added.

Asked about the Warangal Police Commissionerate, Mr. Ramulu said that the commissionerate would be formed if the population crosses 10 lakh. The Police department was preparing proposals for inclusion of suburban areas of Warangal town to make into a police commissionerate, he said adding the commissionerate would be formed along with Tirupati, Rajahmundry and Ranga Reddy after the financial clearance.

The Warangal range DIG, Gautam Sawang, the SP, Nalin Prabhat, the OSD, Nagi Reddy, the FSL State Director, Gandhi, the ASPs, Stephen Ravindra, Vikram Mann Singh, and others were present.

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