TV9 – Bandh to protest Jagan’s arrest peaceful In Andhra…!
A bandh call given by the YSR Congress party in protest against the arrest of their leader Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy evoked a mixed response in Andhra Pradesh on Monday even as police clamped prohibitory orders in Hyderabad to prevent any untoward incident.
In another development, Mr. Reddy’s mother and MLA Y.S. Vijaya along with other members of her family, launched a fast outside their Lotus Pond residence in Hyderabad even as the MP was produced in a CBI special court.
Stephen Ravindra, Deputy Commissioner of Police, west zone said Ms. Vijaya did not take any prior permission for the dharna. Ms. Vijaya announced that she would continue her “deeksha” till Mr. Reddy was set free.
Mr. Reddy was arrested on Sunday after three days of intense grilling by the CBI in a disproportionate assets case. The arrest comes just ahead of by-elections to 18 Assembly seats and one Lok Sabha seat in the State.
The YSR Congress governing council is holding an emergency meeting to take stock of the situation and devise its course of action.
Former ministers Pilli Subhash Chandra Bose and Balineni Srinivasa Reddy, who were contesting the by-elections, were briefly detained as they were leading protests in their areas.
Police sources in Hyderabad said response to the bandh called by the YSR Congress was partial in Andhra-Rayalaseema regions while it was negligible in Telangana region.
Anticipating backlash from Mr. Reddy’s supporters, Andhra Pradesh Police beefed up security across the State, particularly in Hyderabad and Kadapa district.
Section 144 CrPC, which bans assembly of more than four persons, has been clamped in Hyderabad to prevent untoward incidents. CCTVs have been installed near Nampally criminal courts where Mr. Reddy was produced, to keep a tab on trouble makers.
Hyderabad Traffic Police have also announced traffic restrictions on way leading to the court.
Naveen Chand, joint commissioner of police said police have made elaborate security arrangements and no untoward incidents reported so far.
Government offices are functioning normally in Hyderabad, and most of the RTC busses are running as per schedule, police said.