Hyderabad, Sept. 11 (PTI): The CPI (Maoist) today owned up responsibility for the recent attack on former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Janardhan Reddy and vowed to "punish" him for "supressing revolutionary movement and denying people of their basic human rights."
A special action team of "People's Liberation Guerilla Army" had carried out the landmine blast in Nellore district on September 7 targeting Reddy's convoy, a spokesman of the Maoist outfit Janardhan said in a statement here.
A four-paragraph statement in Telugu justified the attack on Reddy, now an MP from Visakhapatnam, saying he was the first to impose ban on the then naxalite organisation People's War (PW) in 1992 and was responsible for "killing of over 400 revolutionaries" during his tenure.
The Maoist organisation, however, regretted the death of three persons who were part of Reddy's convoy when their car took the brunt of the blast.
"Unfortunately, Janardhan Reddy escaped our attack. Three persons travelling in another car were killed. We regret this and convey our condolences to their families," the statement said.
Reddy and his wife N Rajyalakshmi, the women and child Welfare Minister in the state, had a miraculous escape when Maoists triggered landmine blast at a culvert in Nellore district.
"Our guerillas carried out the task accurately as per the plan but the target could escape because he had changed the vehicle in the last minute," the statement said.