Vijayawada tense after police foil TDP fast

Vijayawada tense after police foil TDP fast
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The rank and file of the Telugu Desam are up in arms as the police arrested the party leaders and foiled the indefinite hunger strike planned by them in support of the Seemandhra region on Saturday. TD Krishna district president and Mylavaram legislator, Devineni Umamahes- wara Rao and the party senior leader Bonda Umamaheswara Rao, were scheduled to begin indefinite hunger strike seeking protection of the interests of Seemandhra people if the state was divided.

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Vijayawada: The rank and file of the Telugu Desam are up in arms as the police arrested the party leaders and foiled the indefinite hunger strike planned by them in support of the Seemandhra region on Saturday. TD Krishna district president and Mylavaram legislator, Devineni Umamahes- wara Rao and the party senior leader Bonda Umamaheswara Rao, were scheduled to begin indefinite hunger strike seeking protection of the interests of Seemandhra people if the state was divided.

They have identified a location in Labbipet on M G Road in the city for the fast. However, the police have sent a letter to Devineni denying permission for hunger strike as the model code of conduct was in force following elections to the Avanigadda Assembly segment in the district. Refusing to receive the letter, the TD leaders said that they would begin the strike defying the police orders.

Following this, the police have posted heavy security at Devineni’s residence at Gollapudi on the outskirts of the city from Saturday morning. This had sent alerts to the party workers who started reaching there threatening the police against arresting their leader.

The police, who waited outside Devineni’s residence allowed him to walk up to the NTR’s statue at the Centre where he offered prayers to the late leader and tried to proceed to the hunger strike venue. The police once again tried to convince the TD leaders that they have no permission to start the hunger strike or take out rallies. Turning down their requests, the TD leaders tried to continue their walk raising slogans as hundreds of the party workers followed them. Sensing trouble, the police arrested the TD leaders and taken them to the Machavaram police station.

The news of Devineni’s arrest spread like wild fire in no time and hundreds of party workers and dozens of leaders reached the Machavaram police station to register their protest. They protested outside the police station raising slogans against the state government and the police.

Meanwhile, the police silently shifted the arrested leaders to their respective residents following directions from the State Election Officer that the protests do not attract the model code of conduct. The police further said that they would not give permission for the hunger strike as it would cause law and order problem in the city. They also said that they would not give permission for a similar hunger strike planned by the YSR Congress honorary president Y S Vijayamma, in the city from August 19.

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