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Jeevan Reddy describes Warangal encounter as fake

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Deputy CLP leader in Assembly T. Jeevan Reddy on Wednesday stated that two alleged Maoists were killed by the Telangana Police in a fake encounter in Rangapuram village of Warangal district.

Speaking to media persons in Assembly premises here, Jeevan Reddy said that the alleged Maoists, Sruthi alias Mahitha (23) and Vidyasagar Reddy alias Sagar (32), had played an active role in the formation of Telangana State. However, he alleged that the police killed them in a fake encounter. He demanded a judicial enquiry in the encounter killings.

Jeevan Reddy pointed out during election campaign Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Reddy had promised to implement Maoist agenda if voted to power. However, he started eliminating Maoists fearing opposition to his anti-people policies. He said that the government has failed to prevent the youth from getting inclined to the Maoist extremism. He said the failure of the government to provide jobs and other economic resources was responsible for increase in Maoist activities in the State.

Speaking about farmers’ issues, he ridiculed Ministers T Harish Rao (Irrigation) and Pocharam Srinivas Reddy (Agriculture) for blaming banks and insurance companies for the current farm crisis. He said if insurance companies are to be blamed, then why KCR got a resolution passed in the Assembly on crop insurance. He alleged that the TRS Government was running away from its responsibilities. He said lack of commitment from the government was preventing the cooperative banks from giving fresh loans to farmers.

Jeevan Reddy said that the input subsidy announced by the Agriculture Minister remained on paper and not single paise have been released so far. While the TRS Government is not willing to accept its responsibilities, the Chief Minister is wasting public money on foreign tours. He said AP Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, who has been branded as anti-farmer, has increased the compensation amount to Rs. 5 lakh for the families of those farmers who committed suicide. However, KCR is still silent on this demand. He demanded that the government release the remaining dues of crop loan waiver scheme, including interest, as one time settlement to help the farmers. (INN)