Maoists kill TDP leader for supporting bauxite mining

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Visakhapatnam, Jan 6 (IANS) Maoists shot dead a former sarpanch (village headman) of the ruling Telugu Desam Party in Andhra Pradesh’s Viskhapatnam district late Tuesday, police said on Wednesday.

The killing occurred in Jarrila village in G K Veedhi mandal, a tribal area in Visakhapatnam district.

S. Venkatramna, a former sarpanch and director of market yard, was kidnapped from the village on Tuesday night by a group of Maoists.

The Communist Party of India (Maoists) sent a message to the village early Wednesday morning that they have killed him for supporting the bauxite mining and also for acting as a spy for police.

The Maoists also posted wall posters, warning TDP and BJP leaders against organising party activities and supporting bauxite mining.

The 36-year-old local leader was earlier warned by the extremists against participating in party activities.

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Maoists and tribals have been strongly opposing the government move to allow bauxite mining in the agency areas.

Maoists on Tuesday had gunned down a tribal in Sariyapalli village in Manchangiputta mandal for allegedly working as a spy for police.

Following the two incidents, police in the agency belt have gone on high alert and launched combing operations.

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