VIJAYWADA: Even as Musunur woman Tehsildar in Krishna district D Vanajakshi is crying foul over the assault on her at the instance of Dendulur (West Godavari Dt) Telugu Desam Party MLA Chintamaneni Prabhakar in a sand-reach two days ago, the stand-off between the revenue services association leaders and the state government continues for the third day today over their demand for the arrest of the legislator.
As announced the AP Revenue Services Association Krishna district unit organised a day long dharna camp near Sub- Collector's office on Friday after boycotting duties where speakers targeted Prabhakar and the functioning of the Telugu Desam government in general. Apart from Revenue Services leaders, leaders of several political parties visited the camp and condemned the incident.
At the time of filing this report, the government has not given any clear assurance to the revenue services employees on their main demand for arrest of the legislator. Irrigation Minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao (he hails from Krishna district) is understood to have the revenue services association leaders that instructions would be given for action against the Sub-Inspector of Police, the gunman of the legislator and the arrest of six persons who roughed up the tehsildar.
The government also consented for withdrawal of the case registered against her in West Godavari by DWCRA women that they were attacked by the revenue officer and her men. The Revenue Services leaders were reportedly told by the minister that on July 13, he would organise a meeting for them with the chief minister where they could place their demand for the arrest of the legislator. The revenue services leaders have not yet taken a decision on whether to continue strike or call it off.
The woman tehsildar had alleged that several DWCRA women had pushed her around, threw her to the ground and beat her up after the legislator gave a go ahead signal to them on Wednesday. The sub-inspector remained a mute spectator and the gunman of the legislator snatched the tehsildar's phone, removed the sim card in it and broke it by hitting it hard on the ground.
Trouble broke out at about 3 p.m. on Wednesday at Rangampet, a village close to the border of West Godavari district where a sand reach which spreads across the board was being managed by the DWCRA women. On information that sand mining was being allowed in area outside their reach in Krishna district, the tehsildar went there to stop the illegal mining.
As heated arguments took place between Vanajakshi and the DWCRA women, some of them called the MLA who came there and according to Vanajakshi, had given a signal to them to attack her. All of them surrounded her and beat her up after throwing her on a sand dune. Later, the MLA went to the "rescue" of Vanajakshi.