On February 20,
a group of fifteen left
wing extremists—Naxalites—of the banned People’s War Group
blasted an office of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) by using
detonators at Suraram in the Karimnagar district of Andhra
Pradesh. They also reportedly assaulted two Bharatiya Janata
Party workers in the same village. Meanwhile, under the impact
of the Naxalite threats three TDP leaders have reportedly
resigned from their posts citing personal reasons.
police arrested five PWG cadres and five persons belonging
to the Vimukthipatham, a splinter extremist group, and also
seized an unspecified quantity of weapons, landmines and cartridges
on February 19.