Protest against Gangavaram firing

Our Bureau

Visakhapatnam, March 28

Bandh was observed peacefully here at Gajuwaka and Anakapalle in the district on Tuesday in response to the call given by the Opposition parties - the two Left parties, the Telugu Desam and the BJP - in protest against the incident at Gangavaram village on Monday in which a fisherman was killed in police action.

A fisherman was killed and 50 others (including some policemen) were wounded at Gangavaram village on Monday when the police opened fire to quell agitating fishermen. The fishermen were agitating for the construction of a fishing jetty in the vicinity of the village and a proper rehabilitation package for those facing displacement due to the construction of a port at Gangavaram by a private consortium.

The fishermen, under the leadership of the CPM, staged a demonstration at the Collectorate and blocked traffic at several places. The CPM sought a judicial inquiry into the incident and ''action against the errant officials.'' The party vowed to carry on the agitation till the ''justice is done to the fishermen.''

Mr Ch. Narasinga Rao, District Secretary of the CPM and a member of the State secretariat of the party, said the jetty should be constructed along side the port at Gangavaram and there would be no compromise on it. Mr N. Chandrababu Naidu, President of the Telugu Desam party, visited the wounded fishermen and consoled them.

He later visited Gangavaram and condemned the police action.

In view of the ongoing examinations, the political parties exempted the RTC buses from the bandh.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated March 29, 2006)
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