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Towards Political Struggle

Attempt on Human Rights Activist's Life WE are shocked to hear that K Balagopal, one of India's leading human rights activists, was badly beaten up and attacked with knives and other deadly weapons in broad daylight in a very busy locality on February 4 in Kothagudam of Khammam district, Andhra Pradesh, It is learnt that he was on a mission to raise funds for building a Conference Hall to be named after Dr Ramanatham, a prominent pediatrician and civil rights leader of Warangal who was cruelly murdered by police hirelings years ago. Balagopal, it is further learnt, was arrested by the police in Bhadrachalam on February 3 on the false accusation that he was extorting money from some medical practitioners there. He was however let off after strong protests from him and his colleagues. The dastardly attack on him took place in the presence of a journalist from one of India's leading dailies. Balagopal has alleged, in a press conference, that the assailants were the paid hirelings of the Andhra Pradesh police. As a result of this criminal assault, he sustained serious head injuries and had to have three stitches. This is the third time Balagopal has been targeted by the Andhra police and their agents.

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