The banned CPI (Maoist) which is strongly opposing bauxite mining in the Agency areas of Visakhapatnam and East Godavari districts, destroyed houses of three contract employees of A.P. Mineral Development Corporation which is the nodal agency for bauxite mining. A group of Maoists reportedly led by a senior leader Naveen, destroyed the houses of three employees at Jerrela village in G.K. Veedhi mandal late on Tuesday night, for not quitting their jobs. The three employees, who are among the 18 staff members of APMDC’s bauxite project, had earlier received a warning from Kailasam, another senior leader of the party, not to help bauxite mining which is against the wishes of girijans.
The three then shifted to Chintapalli. Maoists stepped up the anti-bauxite mining campaign in the recent past in the Agency areas to increase their influence over the girijans. The local girijans are opposing bauxite mining as it would uproot them from their traditional habitat and they would lose their livelihood through agriculture, gathering of forest produce. On the other hand bauxite mining would also destroy the rich and unique flora and fauna of the Agency area located in the Eastern Ghats. The mining of huge deposits of high quality bauxite would also lead to drying up of several hill streams and ultimately water would be a scarce commodity for Visakhapatnam city and a large area in the plains.