The bodies of CPI (M) activists killed in police firing at Mudigoda Village of Khammam District of Andhra Pradesh on Saturday . The activists were demonstrating during the statewide bandh called up opposition parties as a part of their ‘Bhoo Pooratam’ struggle. At least 6 people died on the spot in this protest.
It is not without a background for the current situation . The CPM, CPI, (the left parties) have been demanding distribution of govt land and lands that are idle and without any use to the poor and landless also they are demanding eviction of large scale lands that were either occupied or otherwise of lands from the rich. Its been two months and what started as a small protest has turned into a mass movement and yesterday took a violent turn in which people were killed.
Its terrible and merciless killing of poor and innocent people by the police. Even after the firing orders are given no police is expected to shoot at the protesters above the hip. But as I saw on TV all of them were shot above the hip and some were shot in the hands and on the temple.
The protesters began pelting stones at the police after Mudigonda circle inspector Surender Reddy pushed local CPM leader Bandi Ramesh. The police first resorted to lathicharge and later hid behind the parked lorries and started firing at the protesters.
The dead included a woman, a student and a lorry driver. Of the injured, the condition of three was said to be serious. In all, 70 rounds of ammunition were fired. (Times of India online)
It could turn costly for the already loose tounged Chief minister coz the fella has been wagging his toungue more than anything on the opposition instead of keeping his cool. Recently one of his collegues warned the opposition leaders that he will cut the hands of the leader who pointed them to him. And thanks to Mr Rajasekhar Reddy the Chief minister today the splintered opposition is all together which was near imposibility earlier. His actions and comments provoked all of them to come on to one platform though not formally. The C.M. has not even spared the media and started raiding those that wrote against him.
The killings can have far reaching implications as the federal govt is a coalation one with even the left supporting the congress from outside at the centre. Its a shock that the govt has decided to kill rather than talk while the whole of the opposition goes on a protest and agitation mode.