At a time when the district administration is on its toes to beef up security for the smooth conduct of the panchayat polls, Maoists reportedly pasted wall posters at Donkal, Gouraram and Nallavelli villages in Dharpalli mandal on Saturday midnight, warning the people to boycott the elections.
The posters appeared in the name of Maoist party division secretary Janganna. While in Donkal village, they warned to boycott local body elections, in other villages they demanded the contestants not to seek help from former militants and lure voters with money and liquor.
The posters warned of dire consequences if any contestant violates the diktat.
The aspirants for sarpanch posts and villagers are now in a grip of fear after this sudden reaction from Maoists. Learning about this, Dichpalli circle inspector Srisailam and Dharpalli SI A Damodar along with other police rushed to these three villages and removed the posters. Describing it as an act by pranksters the police said that they would soon arrest those who are behind these posters.
“The villagers should participate in the elections voluntarily without any fear. All citizens have a right to vote in this country,” said the circle inspector.