Saturday, April 9, 2016
CHITTOOR: Blast in court premises-former Naxal’s role suspected:: Superintendent of Police Ghattamaneni Srinivas on Saturday said that going by the nature of the bomb blast on the premises of court complex in Chittoor on Thursday, the hand of former naxals and experts in explosive making was not ruled out. Speaking to media, he said that four special teams were on the job of tracking the culprits. He said that they are also probing whether the accused in the Chittoor Mayor couple murder case have links with former naxals.
Passengers had a miraculous escape when bus catches fire:: As many as 32 passengers of Rayachoti bound APSRTC bus had a miraculous escape when it caught fire due to short-circuit on the Bhakarapeta ghat section, near Tirupati on Saturday. The Rayachoti depot bus was on its downward journey from Tirupati and the driver noticed smoke emanating from the engine under the bonnet and all of sudden sparks emanated from it. The driver brought the bus to a halt cautioning the passengers to get down. The bus was partially gutted.
GUNTUR: Two forest officers killed:: Two unarmed forest beat officers on patrol duty were axed to death by undefined persons deep in forest region of Bollampalli mandal near Vinukonda on Saturday morning. Forest Beat Officer Lazarus (40) and Bade Saheb (35) assistant beat officer were killed after they reportedly tried to stop an auto carrying wood from the forest with sharp weapons before fleeing away from the scene. Police and Forest personnel rushed to the spot and had started investigation into the incident. Sources said that the incident took place before 8am.
SRIKAKULAM: Dharmana takes a dig at government:: Former Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao and YSRCP general secretary Dharmana Prasada Rao said people were fed up with the lack of developmental activities in Srikakulam town for the last two years. He alleged that TDP public representatives failed to develop the town to finish pending works which were taken up during the previous government. Addressing the party cadre, he said people would teach a lesion to the TDP whenever elections were held for Srikakulam Municipal Corporation.
VISAKHAPATNAM: Top Maoist leader Venkataramana dead::A top leader of CPI(Maoist) Kudumula Venkata Ramana alias Ravi died of jaundice at a city hospital on Saturday. He was member of the Andhra Odisha boarder special zone committee and commander of first company of party’s central regional committee that was responsible for many operations in the area. He had reportedly planned many attacks on the police and destruction of property. Ravi carried a reward of Rs.20 lakh on his head.
Chief Minister’s visit to city:: Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu is scheduled to participate in three programmes during his four hour tour on Monday. Union Ministers M.Venkaiah Naidu and Bandaru Dattatreya and State Ministers will accompany. Chandrababu Naidu will arrive here by special flight at 9am and will participate in the foundation stone laying function for 200 bed ESI’s super specialty hospital at Thunglam and later at 9.20am will inaugurate the OP service at the VIMS at 10.10am. He will participate in the state level function of the 190th birth anniversary of Jyothirao Phule at AU Convocation hall from 11am to 12.30pm and will leave for Vijayawada by special flight at 1pm.
ONGOLE: Robbers attack Secunderabad bound Narayanadri Express:: Police opened fire as at least three passengers of Secunderabad bound Narayanadri express were robbed of their gold ornaments worth over Rs.1.68 lakh at Raparla in Prakasam district in the intervening night of Friday and Saturday. The robbers struck at three sleeper coaches after pulling the alarm chain and bring the train to a halt. APSP and civil constables on escort duty opened three rounds of fire in air said Ongole GRP Sub Inspector Ramanaiah. A passenger Sujatha, Anitha and P.L.Swamy from Hyderabad lodged a complaint after losing their valuables worth 56 grams while one of the victims was relieved of ‘mangalasuta’ before the robbers made away with the booty.