Araku murders: CM Naidu visits kin of slain TDP leaders

Sarveswara Rao and Siveri Soma

Visakhapatnam: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu Friday visited the homes of two TDP leaders, gunned down by Maoists at Lippitiputta village when they went to take part in a “grama darsini” (village visit) programme on 23 September.

Naidu arrived here this morning by a special flight and left for Paderu by a helicopter to meet the families of Araku MLA Rao and former MLA Siveri Soma and consoled their family members. Expressing anguish over the incident, Naidu said there was no place for violence in a democracy.

He consoled the two sons of Rao and promised to help the family members on all fronts. The Chief Minister said the government would provide a Group 1 job to one of Rao’s sons and a plot for constructing a house in Visakhapatnam, besides financial help of Rs five lakh each to all four members of his family on behalf of the party.

Naidu said Rao always strove hard for the development of agency areas. Later, speaking at a press conference at Amaravati, the Chief Minister announced relief of Rs one crore to the family of the MLA and Rs 70 lakh to the ex-MLA on behalf of the government, as promised.

Four family members of the Araku MLA and seven family members of the ex-MLA would be given Rs five lakh each from the Telugu Desam Party, he said. The state government would also give a house-site to the families of the slain leaders in Visakhapatnam, he said.

“We will give a Group-1 (gazetted officer) job to the deceased MLA’s son as well,” he added. The Chief Minister said the government was according high priority to development in tribal areas. We are also striving for the welfare of the tribals and trying to increase their income. Sarveswara Rao and Soma always worked for the tribals‘ welfare and it is very heinous to shoot them dead,” Chandrababu said.