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Relatives of the victims stage dharna with slain bodies

Bodies were allowed to be taken for postmortem after Collector announces ex-gratia

Khammam, July 29, 2007

Exhibiting grit and determination, relatives of Mudigonda firing victims and the CPM activists kept the bodies of the six martyrs in the open in front of the District Collectorate for over 26 hours demanding justice even as politics made a beeline to the town to console the bereaved families. Draped in five CPM flags an one TDP flag, the bodies were lined at the Collectorate while the near and dear of the victims had been waiting for the government to render justice. They allowed the administration to take the bodies for postmortem only after the District Collector Sashibushan Kumar reached the dharna site and announced Rs. 6 lakhs ex gratia to the kin of the deceased.

The other assurances include two acres of government land and house to the bereaved families to and Rs. 50,000 to those who were seriously injured and Rs. 10,000 who were injured and treated as outpatients. He also announced the suspension of the Circle Inspector and Sub Inspector. As the bodies started to decompose and the families waiting agonizingly, the leaders have decided to call off the dharna.

Earlier in the day, TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu visited Mudigonda. After consoling the locals, the TDP addressed the local from an open top jeep and he demanded the resignation of Dr. YS Rajasekhara Reddy from the post of Chief Minister. He also announced a sum of Rs. 1 lakh to the deceased family members from the party fund as ex gratia. Late in the night, TRS president K Chandrasekhara Rao also visited the spot . CPI national leader Guru Das Gupta and polit bureau member Sitaram Yechuri consoled the bereaved family members.

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