RAJAMAHENDRAVARAM: Fasting Kapu leader Mudragada Padmanabham is likely to call off his hunger strike in a day or two with 10 of the 13 persons arrested in connection with Tuni violence obtaining bail on Friday.
It remains to be seen if he waits for sanction of bail for the remaining three persons, and if he does so, he would have to wait till at least Monday by which time they are likely to get bail.
The additional district court at Pithapuram granted the bail to 10 Kapu activists. They are with Kapu Aykya Garjana. Additional district judge T Gayatri issued the bail orders on Friday evening. However, bail was rejected for the remaining three as they failed to produce proper surety in time. They are likely to submit them on Saturday.
The names of Kapu leaders who obtained bail are -- Lagudu Srinivasa Rao, Chikkapalli Satyanarayana, Nalla Hari Babu, Kurakula Pullaiah, Chamalasetti Siva Gopi Mahesh, Mudigonda Pavan Kumar, Nakka Sai, Ganesula Rambabu, Ganesula Lakshman Rao and Doodala Manindra.
The other three who could not get the bail are: Akula Rama Krishna, Nalla Vishnu and A Yesudas.
Meanwhile, collector H Arun Kumar, Rajamahendravaram urban and East Godavari superintendent of police M Ravi Prakash tried to convince Padmanabham to call off his fast on Saturday as bail was granted to 10 persons and the remaining three leaders too would be getting it soon. However, they did not get a positive response from the Kapu patriarch.
Padmanabham has been taking fluids since Thursday midnight, on the advice of doctors with ketone levels increasing in his body which have a potential to damage kidney and heart.
Kapu community organised protests across the district on Thursday in expression of solidarity with Padmanabham who has been demanding the release of arrested leaders. The police are continuing section 144 and section 30 in the district and restrictions are still in force in the vicinity of hospitals. After nine days also, the police are not allowing media into the hospital.