GUNTUR: In a suspected case of arson whose motive appeared to be unclear, unidentified miscreants set on fire banana nurseries in six villages spread across 20 acres in the Tullur and Tadepalli mandals of Guntur district where the proposed capital of Andhra Pradesh is coming up. The incidents took place in the six villages that are about a km or two away from one another on Sunday night. The loss is estimated to be around Rs 50 lakh.
While the police are yet to nab the culprits, the horrific episode has already taken a political colour what with farmers alleging the ‘involvement’ of the Andhra Pradesh government in the crime. They claim that the government, in a desperate attempt to forcibly take over their land for the development of new capital, burnt down their nurseries.