Miscreants set fire to red gram crop worth Rs 4 lakh

By Express News Service

ONGOLE:  Political rivalry took an unsightly flip in Prakasam district as candidates contesting in gram panchayat elections are going to any extent to settle scores with their opponents.In the primary incident at Challagirigala in Kanigiri mandal on Tuesday, a number of miscreants burnt three acres of red gram crop of a farmer. The ryot suffered Rs 4 lakh loss because the crop, which was prepared for harvest, was lowered to ashes.

The farmer after noticing the flames, knowledgeable the fire tenders. By the time, fire tenders may attain the spot, 90 per cent of the crop was burnt. Farmer B Venkateswarlu claimed that it was an act of vengeance by the opposition occasion supporters. Based on the criticism filed by Venkateswarlu, Kanigiri SI Rami Reddy registered a case and investigation is on. In one other incident at Valicherla in Hanumanthuni Padu mandal on Tuesday, a number of miscreants burnt the dry grass shares of 1 A Mariya Das. 

In the third incident, a sarpanch candidate at Ganugapenta village went underground as his rival candidate threatened him with dire penalties if he didn’t withdraw his nomination. A couple of villagers staged a protest in entrance of Kanigiri police station on Tuesday in search of safety from the opposition occasion leaders and their supporters. 

In one other incident at Yerragondapalem, a person alleged that an SI threatened the sarpanch candidates to withdraw their nominations. The villager reported the matter to State Election Commission (SEC) and the latter directed the Yerragondapalem MPDO to conduct an inquiry and submit a report on the earliest. 

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