Kapu Garjana turns violent with the agitators set Ratnachal Express on fire

Sunday, January 31, 2016

The agitators put fire to Ratnachal Express today resulting in gutting down of four bogies. They attacked the railway staff in which four of the railway employees were injured.

The Kapu Garjana meeting here turned violent with the agitators putting fire on the Ratnachal Express. The Kapu Garjana Maha Sabha led by Former Minister Mudragada Padmanabham turned to violent and seized Tuni Railway Station. They rained stones on the train. Sources said that the train engine was damaged during stone throwing by the agitators.

Mudragada Padmanabham addressing the meeting said that the government is misleading the Kapus. He said that the agitation would not be stopped till they are merged in to BCs. He said that the agitation would continue till a Government Order is issued merging them into the list of BCs.

Kapu community organized Kapu Garjana today with the single point agenda of getting the community included in the list of Backward Clases. People from from all towns and villages from Nellore, Guntur, Krishna, East and West Godavari and Visakhapatnam districts some from Rayalaseema attended the meeting. The Kapu leaders have got an open support from YSRCP and Congress. Around four lakh Kapus have taken part in the rally.

According to police sources, 20 DSPs and around 2,000 police personnel were deployed for bandobust duties. A number of agitations have organized on this issue in the past, the particular meeting got importance as some sections of youth and middle-aged people in this community are unhappy with the TDP government’s decision of appointing Justice Manjunatha Commission to submit report on how to include the people living below poverty line in Kapu, Telaga, Balija and Ontari in the BC list.

Thousands of people thronged V.Kotthuru village in the afternoon to attend meeting and turned violent with Mudragada Padnabham calling upon an agitation, people formed into groups and staged rasta rook and rail roko protests.

They first stopped the Ratnachal Express by squatting on the tracks and raised slogans. Police rushed to the scene to disperse the mob and all off a sudden, the agitators rained stones on the train initially targeting the engine. Passengers in the train got panicked and got down form the train. The irate mob set the coaches ablaze and five coaches were destroyed by the time fire tenders reached the spot.

The agitators shouted slogans against the government demanding immediate action in inclusion of Kapu in the BC list. A group of agitators staged rasta roko on the National Highway brining the traffic to a halt. A procession was taken out to Tuni rural police station in protest against the caning of the agitators. They entered the police station and ransacked it. Flames engulfed one of the police vehicles parked on the premises and immediately eight police vehicles were sent on fire.

The helpless police summed additional forces from Visakhapatnam, Rajahmundry and Kakinada but took a long time to reach as the ways were blocked by the agitators.

Train services disrupted:
The South Central Railway officials brought to halt the movement of 15 trains at different railway stations on Sunday. Many trains were delayed due to the attack and arson. SCR General Manager Ravindra Gupta said all necessary steps at minimal inconvenience to passengers and efforts to resume services at the earliest were being set in motion. At an emergency Disaster Control Meeting today and instructed officials to ensure that food, water and medical needs of the traveling public were taken care of especially of children and senior citizens and reduce inconvenience caused by several trains being regulations at different stations on Vijayawada-Rajahmundry-Visakhapatnam section. He also spoke to the Chief Secretary of AP Government Sathya Prakash Tucker and senior police officials on the security situation. Additional Railway protection force were deployed at Tuni apart from setting up of helplines at Vijayawada, Rajahmundry and Tuni.

Jana Sena Chief to hold press conference on Monday
Jana Sena chief and cine actor Pawan Kalyan expressed shock over the incident. He cancelled his shooting in Kerala and is flying back to Hyderabad on Monday and will hold a press conference according to party sources.

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