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Congress MLA escapes landmine attack

Sunday 9 April 2006

Special Correspondent

Maoists target Udumula sreenivas Reddy at Kakarla near Cumbum

ONGOLE: Congress MLA Udumula Sreenivas Reddy escaped a landmine attack by the CPI (Maoist) at Kakarla, near Cumbum, on Saturday. Mr. Sreenivasa Reddy was unhurt as the Maoists missed their target narrowly.

It is stated that Mr. Sreenivasa Reddy was going from Cumbum to Kakarla to review the progress of work on closing the Kakarla gap as part of Rs. 2,500-crore Velugonda project in Prakasam district at 11 a.m. As the convoy reached Nagulavaram, Maoists blasted the pre-arranged landmine.

As the Maoists triggered the landmine a few seconds late, all the vehicles passed over the mine safely. No damage was caused to the vehicles or the occupants.

The police believe that Maoists might have wireless sets as remote controlling devices to trigger the landmine from a distance of one kilometre. Maoists had planted the landmine on the Cumbum-Kakarla road soon after a steep turning near Nagulavaram where the vehicles were expected to slow down.

As the MLA was in the hit list of Maoists, the police had taken all precaution to provide protection to him. A road opening party was going ahead of him. Soon after the blasting, the police laid a dragnet to nab the culprits.

Mr. Sreenivasa Reddy, who looked dazed, said that he had escaped unhurt due to God’s grace. Superintendent of Police N. Balasubramanyam condemned the attack.

See online : The Hindu

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