GUNTUR: Mild-tension prevailed at the Collectorate in Guntur as well as in Mangalagiri on Saturday with the police forcefully evacuating the members of Kapu community, who congregated there for launching relay hunger strike in support of their leader Mudragada Padmanabham.
Kapus in sizable number gathered outside the Collectorate to launch the relay hunger protest. While they are going ahead with pitching of the tents, the police reached the spot and asked them not to hold any protests.
When the protesters did not heed to the requests, the cops forcibly evacuated and shifted them to the Chebrolu police station. As the news of their arrest spread, Kapus staged a dharna in front of the Chebrolu police station demanding the immediate release of their leaders. Speaking on the occasion, Kapu community leaders denounced the police action and came down heavily on the government for resorting to such measures for obstructing their protest.
Referring to TDP’s dismal performance in Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections, the Kapu leaders said the TDP has failed as no Kapu residing in Hyderabad has voted for the TDP as it duped them. If the TDP fails to accede to the Kapu demands, it will be doomed, they warned.
In Mangalagiri too, the police obstructed the Kapus from holding protest. Condemning the police action, Mangalagiri YSRC MLA A Ramakrishna Reddy went to the spot and staged a dharna. Meanwhile, YSRC official spokesperson Ambati Rambabu along with his family members banged empty plates with ladles during lunch time in his residence here as a mark of solidarity to Mudragada.
Speaking on the occasion, he charged chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu and the TDP government with using police power for trying to snuff out Kapu protests.