Naidu demands compensation for Srikakulam firing victims

Hyderabad: TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday demanded that the state government pay a compensation of Rs 10 lakh each to the families of two persons killed and Rs 5 lakh each to those injured in police firing at Kakarapalli village in Srikakulam district.

He also demanded that the police force deployed in Kakarapalli and surrounding villages be withdrawn immediately.

The TDP chief visited Vattithandra and Kakarapalli villages where people have been protesting against the setting up of a thermal power plant. The villagers' protests turned violent over the last week leading to police firing two days ago killing two persons and injuring five others.

Naidu consoled the families of the firing victims.

Extending the TDP's full support to the villagers' struggle against the thermal power plant, which the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests has since asked to stop, he sought a judicial inquiry by a sitting judge into the police firing.

"We will fight till the thermal plant is totally stopped here," he assured the villagers.

"Is there a government in the state," the Leader of Opposition wondered.

Though the TDP and other opposition parties tried to raise the Kakarapalli issue in the state Assembly, the government deliberately got the House adjourned, he said.

Naidu blamed former Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy for permitting the establishment of the thermal power plant on fertile lands.

- "The government should establish who the real people behind this controversial power plant were," he said.

However, former Union Minister K Yerran Naidu and his younger brother Atchannaidu, who hail from Srikakulam district, faced the villagers' ire when they accompanied Naidu to console the police firing victims.