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CPI(M) and TDP demands resignation Chief Minister

Says Mudigonda incident is inhuman

Hyderabad, July 29, 2007

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) on Sunday demanded the resignation of Dr. YS Rajasekhara Reddy from the post of the Chief Minister for using brutal force for suppression of the Left parties struggle for the land distribution to the poor, leading to the police firing at Mudigonda village in Khammam district. The CPI and CPI(M) along with TDP and other parties organized a protest rally to condemn the indiscriminate police firing and resolved to intensify their agitation.

CPI (M) national leader Sitaram Yechuri participated in the rally endorsed the State unit's demand. He said that the Polit Bureau would meet on Monday to take stock of the situation. Meanwhile, the TDP chief demanded immediate resignation of the Chief Minister on moral grounds owing responsibility. However, tension prevailed at Mudigonda and in surrounding areas with the Left parties calling a bandh for the second day. The authorities had a tough time in shifting the bodies to the hospital mortuary as the agitators offered resistance.

Meanwhile, a Division Bench of AP High Court directed the Director General of Police to file by Tuesday a fact based report on the firing. It also directed the District Judge to visit Mudigonda and a report in a sealed cover. The bench was hearing a urgent House motion moved by TDP leader PNV Prasad. The Chief Minister meanwhile announced an an ex-gratia of Rs. 5 lakhs to the family members of each of the victims besides land and a government job.

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CPI(M) and TDP demands resignation Chief Minister
Says Mudigonda incident is inhuman

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