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In spite of the current hostile situation in the district after the killing of two political leaders in Sircilla sub-division, the villagers of inaccessible villages like Pankena, Palmela, Neelampalli and Mukunur in Mahadevpur mandal braved the naxalites' diktats and took out a massive procession on Saturday at Mahadevpur mandal headquarters carrying placards and banners appealing to the naxalites not to resort to destruction of public property and deny development opportunities for the rural masses. Cutting across party lines, all the elected representatives and political leaders of the region participated in the procession and a public meeting where they appealed to the Government to take up developmental programmes in the region and improve facilities in the inaccessible villages.
The Manthani legislator, D. Sridhar, the ZPTC member of Mahadevpur, J. Sammaiah, the ZPTC member of Kataram, Rajeshwara Rao, the MPPs of Mahadevpur and Kataram, Akbar Khan and Raja Narsu, respectively, all the MPTC members, sarpanches and political leaders participated in the procession. The Mahadevpur region is endowed with ample natural resources including precious coal reserves. The Singareni Collieries Company's (SCCL) exploration department had taken up excavation work in Sandrupalli village of Mahadepur mandal, but the PWG naxalites had set fire to drilling and pumping machines on September 5, 2001.
The villagers had assured providing all the necessary security for the SCCL equipment and urged the authorities to take up excavation work and provide employment to the youth of the region. Though the Godavari river water flows from the region, these villages which are tucked away on the borders of the district, are denied water for irrigation and drinking purposes.
The villagers assured to provide all necessary assistance to various agencies for taking up the developmental works by opposing the naxal diktats. They said that due to non-availability of medicare in the innaccessible villages, several people were not getting the medical assistance and urged the Government to take up at least a ring road connecting all the interior villages so that they could reach the mandal headquarters for medical aid.
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