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Convention against War Hysteria

THE revolutionary poet, singer and actor Gadhar was to give a performance in Hyderabad oh behalf of the Jana Natya Mandali (JNM), a cultural organisation of the CPI(ML) People's War Group. In order to mobilise people to attend the rally at Hyderabad a JNM troupe led by one Janardhan was giving performances in villages around Kalikiri in Chittoor district. On the evening of February 8 they gave a performance in Diguva Kambhavaripalli of Kadiri Mandal. Some of the local ryots and landowners, led by one Venkatram Reddy, caught hold of Janardhan, tied him to a pillar and beat him up till he lost consciousness. Meanwhile the rest of the troupe sent a warning to the assaulters that if Janardhan was not released and a public apology rendered they would retaliate. Janardhan was released but the apology was not tendered. Some village eiders requested G Narayana Reddy of the AP Civil Liberties Committee to intervene in the matter and settle it amicably, but his mission failed. Late that night CPI(ML) activists beat up the assaulters resulting in serious injuries to Venkatram Reddy.

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