Paderu (Visakhapatnam): The CPI Maoists have asked people to observe protest week from July 1 to 7 in to voice their disapproval of fake encounters, atrocities, arrests, harassments as well as fake surrenders conducted by the police. Malkangiri-Visakha-Koraput division committee secretary Venu urged employees, traders, business establishments and students to observe a division bandh on July 6 and July 7. In a press release issued in the name of CPI Maoists, Venu said cops were indulging in fake exchange of fire, committing atrocities against women, looting the property of villagers and making illegal arrests. “They are making illegal arrests and putting villagers behind bars.
After a few weeks, they are being presented as Maoists who have surrendered and they are being forced to issue statements against Maoists,” he said. He said in a recent incident, around 20 people from Boitili and Killamkota were illegally taken into custody by the cops, tortured and then presented as surrendered Maoists. He challenged Visakha range DIG Ravi Chandra and Visakha Rural SP Koya Praveen to prove that the surrenders were genuine. “All these illegal acts by the cops will unite the people, who will take up the revolutionary path,” he said. The naxal leader urged intellectuals and tribals to condemn these illegal acts and support the protest week. Meanwhile, Maoists set ablaze machinery used for construction of roads at Moyyalagummi village in Lingeti panchayat, Pedabayalu mandal, on Tuesday night. They left a press note in Odiya at the incident spot alleging that cops had been indulging in fake encounters and illegally arresting innocent villagers. On Thursday, a large number of banners were found at Boitili and other areas of G Madugula mandal and Pedabayalu mandal.