Monday, July 24, 2017
Tension prevails while on one hand Kapu leader and former Minister Mudragada Padmanabham firm on taking up ‘Chalo Amaravati’ padayatra with the police mounting heavy force to foil it.
Around 6,000 police personnel have been deployed in the district with half of them at Kirlampudi, the native of Mudragada Padmanabham to obstruct the padayatra. Superintendent of Police Vishal Gunni made it very clear that the police were not going to allow the padayatra at any cost and also any meetings or rallies as the district is under the prohibitory orders with the imposition of Section 144 and section 30 the Police Act. The SP said that they have drawn two companies of Rapid Action Force, Armed Reserve Force and civil police from West Godavari and Visakhapatnam districts. 90 check-posts had been set up where sub-inspectors were posted with body-worn cameras.
Kapu JAC leaders addressing the pressmen at the residence of Mudragada Padmanabham on Monday alleged that the police were out to brand the Kapu community as anti-social elements and were not allowing free entry to the family members of Padmanabham. The leaders said that the police had set up check-posts right from Srikakulam to Chittoor and are not allowing Kapus from attending the padayatra.
Senior Congress leader V.Hanumantha Rao was taken into custody at Dowleswaram Barrage on Monday when he was travelling towards Kirlampudi to meet Padmanabham. He had a v verbal exchange with the police for not allowing him to proceed to Kirlampudi. He sat on the road and expressed his protest. He was later shifted to Dowleswaram police station.
It may be recalled that Prohibitory orders imposed across EG district ahead of Mudragada Padayatra.