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Warangal: Congress cries foul over Janga Raghava's arrest

The police taking Jangaon DCC president Janga Raghava Reddy to produce before a Warangal court on Friday
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The police taking Jangaon DCC president Janga Raghava Reddy to produce before a Warangal court on Friday 

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The police on Friday arrested Jangaon DCC president Janga Raghava Reddy, who is also former DCCB Chairman, on charges of threatening to kill a person. Interestingly, the arrest comes two months after a case booked against him.

Warangal: The police on Friday arrested Jangaon DCC president Janga Raghava Reddy, who is also former DCCB Chairman, on charges of threatening to kill a person. Interestingly, the arrest comes two months after a case booked against him. The court, which rejected the bail plea citing Raghava Reddy's past criminal record and a rowdy sheet against him, remanded him to 14 days of police custody. It's learnt that he has been evading the police for the last two months and to get anticipatory bail.

According to the police, Thangallapally Sammaiah of Prashanth Nagar in Kazipet lodged a complaint with the police that Raghava Reddy had threatened him to kill while demanding money. The police booked cases under sections IPC 324, 447, 352, 365, 427, 506 against Raghava Reddy on November 4.

Meanwhile, the Congress cadres across the erstwhile Warangal district condemned the arrest of Raghava Reddy. Speaking to media persons here, Warangal Urban District Congress Committee president Naini Rajender Reddy accused the ruling TRS of foisting a false case against Raghava Reddy.

He said that Raghava Reddy questioned the complainant Sammaiah for cheating people in the name of providing jobs to them. "Sammaiah himself admitted that he was under pressure from some TRS leaders to lodge a complaint against Raghava Reddy," Naini alleged, accusing the ruling party leaders of harassing the Congress cadres.

Mahila Congress National General Secretary and Mulugu MLA Danasari Anasuya alias Seethakka accused the TRS government of throttling the voice of Opposition leaders. "It's nothing but a conspiracy," she said, referring to the arrest of Raghava Reddy. She demanded that the government release Raghava Reddy immediately.

TPCC general secretary Namindla Srinivas said that some ruling party leaders were resorting to pressure politics by using police. "Is it wrong on part of Raghava Reddy to contest against Minister for Panchayat Raj Errabelli Dayakar Rao in the last Assembly elections," he questioned. It may be recalled here that Raghava Reddy lost the election to Errabelli from Palakurthy constituency.

It may be mentioned here that political rivalry between Errabelli and Raghava Reddy is well known in the political circles. It's alleged that Errabelli influenced the government to take action against Raghava Reddy, the then DCCB chairman, accusing his involvement in large scale irregularities causing a loss to the bank. Subsequently, the government ordered CB CID inquiry to investigate the irregularities, sometime ago.

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