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PWG blasts Orissa minister’s house
Fresh bout of violence in Andhra

New Delhi, December 2
Intensifying their attacks, Naxalites of the People’s War Group blew up the house of a minister in Orissa even as they unleashed a fresh bout of violence in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh for the third successive day, killing a contractor and blasting the houses of a ruling TDP MLA.

A group of 25 Naxalites, some of them in fatigues, attacked the residence of Orissa Minister for Cooperation, Handlooms and Textiles Arabinda Dhali at Poteru village in Malkangiri district, asked three of his relatives to come out before setting off an explosive device last night, the police said.

Mr Dhali, a BJP MLA from Malkangiri (SC) constituency, was away at the time of the incident.

Earlier, the ultras surrounded Poteru police outpost, ordered three policemen to get out and triggered a blast which brought down a part of the asbestos-roofed building.

The policemen said they were standing on the road after dinner at around 9 p.m. when the armed Naxalites appeared and asked them to raise their hands. Completely outnumbered, they stepped aside as the rebels went inside the building and triggered the blast.

In Andhra Pradesh, PWG ultras shot dead a 42-year-old civil contractor in Medak district, made an abortive bid to ambush three police stations and destroyed two houses of ruling party MLA Y.V. Satyanarayana in Visakhapatnam and East Godavari districts last night.

A mandal revenue office building at Gudem Kotha Veedhi and a telephone exchange at RV Nagar in Visakhapatnam district were also blasted with explosives which caused extensive damage to both, the police said.

A group of 20 to 30 armed Naxalites also opened fire at Ramavaram police station in the district which prompted the police to retaliate.

They said Naxalites also blew up a guest house and office of a paper mill at Viduranagara in East Godavari district. The fresh wave of attacks by Naxalites in the state has come in the backdrop of stern warning by DGP H.J. Dora that ultras would have to pay a heavy price for their unabated acts of “mindless violence”. PTI

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