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Andhra Pradesh CM announces financial aid for slain TDP leaders

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu announced a financial aid for the families of the two slain Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leaders who were killed by Maoists on 23 September.

SNS | New Delhi |

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu announced a financial aid for the families of the two slain Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leaders who were killed by Maoists on 23 September.

“The killing of MLA K Sarveswara Rao and former MLA Siveri Soma is very painful. I condemn it,” Naidu said in a meeting held today.

Naidu, who was in the United States at the time of the incident, had immediately issued a statement condemning the killings and offering condolences to the families of the deceased leaders.

“The government will give financial aid of Rs 1 crore to K Sarveswara Rao’s family, house plot in Visakhapatnam and a government job to a family member,” said the TDP chief.

“The government will give financial aid of Rs 10 lakh each to six family members of Siveri Soma and house plot in Visakhapatnam,” the CM said, adding, “On behalf of TDP, Rs 5 lakh will be given to each of the seven family members of Siveri Soma and four members of K Sarveswara Rao’s family.”

On 23 September, TDP MLA from Araku, K Sarveswara Rao, 45, and his party colleague and former MLA, Siveri Soma, 52, were gunned down by Maoists near Thutangi village, about 125 km from Visakhapatnam.

Naidu had then directed senior Cabinet colleague Kala Venkatrao to rush to the district. His party said that such incidents are a “scar on humanity”.

But the relatives and supporters of the two leaders torched two police stations in the state accusing the police of “failing” to protect the leaders.

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Mobs attacked Araku and Dumbriguda police stations in Visakhapatnam district and set fire to vehicles, furniture and other articles lying there.

The District Collector had then said that Sarveswara Rao’s supporters were not letting the authorities move his body.