Guntur protest live updates: ‘Chalo Atmakur’ march in Palnadu becomes flashpoint between TDP and YSRCP
“The situation is horrible. Many of our party leaders, including MPs and MLAs, have been taken into custody at various places. Several others were kept under house arrest. All this held mirror to the nefarious mentality of the ruler (chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy),” TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu remarked.
ప్రజాస్వామ్యంలో ఇదో చీకటి రోజు. ఇంత ఫాసిస్ట్ పాలనను చూడలేదు. వేలాది మంది హౌజ్ అరెస్టులు గర్హనీయం. వైసీపీ ప్రభుత్వం… https://t.co/xd08m46hUj
— N Chandrababu Naidu (@ncbn) 1568190067000
The TDP chief and his son Nara Lokesh were placed under house arrest at their Undavalli bungalow and police prevented almost all the senior leaders from reaching Naidu’s residence.
TDP legislators, former ministers and legislators were detained in their constituencies and hundreds of workers were arrested across the state.
Police preventing TDP leader Nara Lokesh from participating in Chalo Atmakur rally.
Taking a serious note of police high-handedness, Chandrababu Naidu sat on a 12-hour hunger strike at his residence and appealed all the party leaders to participate in it.
Calling Wednesday a black day in history, Naidu lashed out at the police for preventing him from holding the protest in a democratic way. He also criticized the police for preventing the party activists from taking food to the victims of YSRCP attacks, who are lodged at a rehabilitation camp in Guntur.
Police taking TDP youth wing president Avinash into preventive custody.
The TDP chief had on Wednesday declared that he was going on a 12-hour fast and asked the party leaders to observe the same in solidarity to the victims who were left without food.
Former minister Devineni Uma under house arrest.
The TDP supremo wanted to visit Atmakur village along with the victims of politically motivated attacks on Wednesday. In fact, TDP had been organising rehabilitation camps for the victims for the past few days and had decided to go to Palnadu against police inaction.
Police escort Vijayawada MP Kesineni Nani
The situation turned volatile early on Wednesday when police moved additional forces to Naidu’s bungalow at Undavalli. The TDP chief was scheduled to visit rehabilitation camp in Guntur first and then he was expected to join ‘Chalo Atmakur’ rally.
The additional forces cordoned all the routes leading to Naidu’s bungalow and prevented the movement of locals.
Police told the TDP leaders present at Naidu’s bungalow that they would not be allowed to go out as the party did not seek any permission for the rally.
Police said that revenue divisional officers of Guntur and Gurazala imposed section 144 in view of the law and order situation across the district.
TDP national general secretary Nara Lokesh entered into a heated argument with the police for preventing him and party leaders from moving out. He demanded orders of a magistrate to restrict their movement.
Meanwhile, tension prevailed in a private hotel where police tried to detain former minister Bhuma AKhila Priya as a precautionary measure. She questioned the right of the police in restricting her movements in the hotel.
Similarly, former minister Atchhanaidu shouted at the police when they tried to detain him.
Police arrested Vijayawada MP Kesineni Nani at Prakasam barrage and shifted him to the police station. Former ministers Prattipati Pullarao, Sidda Raghava Rao, Nakka Anand Babu and former legislators were also put under house arrest as a precautionary measure.
The ruling YSRCP leaders too had planned a counter-rally in the area the same day. However, Guntur SP R Jayalakshmi denied them permission.
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