Khammam police firing unfortunate, says Andhra CM

Khammam police firing unfortunate, says Andhra CM
Hyderabad, Jul 29 (PTI) Describing the police firing on Left activists in Khammam district as unfortunate, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhar Reddy today asked the political parties not to create hardships for public in the name of agitation and sought their cooperation to serve the people better.

Six activists of Left parties were killed in the police firing at Mudigonda during a land distribution agitation yesterday.

In an open letter released here this evening, the Chief Minister said "killing of innocent people in Mudigonda firing was saddest day in my life. Whatever reasons may be, but innocents have lost their lives which was unfortunate."

"People's agitation is part and parcel in a drmocratic system. But it was the responsibility of the leaders who were heading the agitation to ensure that it should not deviate from its path," Reddy said.

Without naming the former chief minister and TDP President N Chandrababu Naidu, Reddy said the main Opposition leader who was in power for nine years never thought about the poor and showed interest in distributing land to them.

He alleged that now he (Naidu) was trying to derive political mileage from the land agitation issue.

Listing out various housing and land distrubition initiatives taken by the Congress-led Government, Reddy said "we have distributed 4.50 lakh acres of land to the poor during last three years".

Besides the government has launched a mega housing project 'Indiramma' which envisages constructing 20 lakh houses for the poor in phases, he said.

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