19 April, 2021

Red Blisters

Naidu escapes a Naxalite mine blast, but the TDP's morale feels the impact Updates

Red Blisters
At the TDP headquarters, party leaders and workers are still in a state of shock. Many cannot come to terms with the audacity of the assassination attempt on their leader and Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu near the temple town of Tirumala on October 1. "If they can get so close to the CM himself, what chance does anybody else have?", rues a senior TDP leader. When the first pictures of Naidu’s mangled car flickered on the television screen, many wondered how he survived the powerful mine blast. Others pounced on the security lapse: it was mandatory that the CM’s route is checked by an advance party for mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

In fact, those in charge of the chief minister’s security are hard-pressed to explain how the landmines went undetected when at least three anti-sabotage checks are done on any route taken by Naidu. The last of these checks is carried out two to three hours before the VVIP convoy is scheduled to pass by. The mines were planted within a few hundred yards of the Allipiri police station, which speaks of a...

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