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PWG men go on rampage
Blast Naidu kinís factory

Hyderabad, November 30
Naxalites of the Peopleís War Group (PWG) went on a rampage in Andhra Pradesh, blasting factories belonging to Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naiduís relatives, Union Minister of State for Defence U.V. Krishnam Raju and the Tata coffee processing plant and set ablaze a TDP leaderís house late last night.

In retaliatory action, the police killed a PWG Naxalite near Ramapur village in Guntur district today. A pistol was seized from him.

The police said about 20 extremists, belonging to the Thalakona Dalam, blasted the machinery in the milk chilling plant of Heritage Foods, a major milk producer in the state, at Pileru in Chittoor district, using detonators. The loss was estimated at around Rs 70 lakh. (According to PTI report, Mr Naiduís wife, Ms N. Bhuvaneshwari Devi, is the executive director of heritage foods and her family holds about 27 per cent of the stocks).

Before the detonation, the Naxals had forced the workers to leave the premises and gave a handwritten note to the guards of the plant, stating that their action was in protest against the recent killing of their comrades in encounters.

The extremists escaped through the hilly terrain behind the plant near the Tirupati-Pileru road.

In Medak district, Naxalites of Induparva Dalam, blasted the generator room of the Gopikrishna granite factory, belonging to Mr Raju, near Ramanathapuram village on the Hyderabad-Nizamabad national highway.

In yet another incident in Medak district, PWG Naxalites of the Narsapur Dalam blasted the Tata coffee processing plant near Toopran after asking the night shift workers to leave the factory.

Before fleeing, the militants went to the nearby farm house of former Chief of Air Staff La Fontaine and snatched his pistol. UNIBack

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