Chan­drababu Naidu, son put un­der house ar­rest in Andhra

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AMAR­A­VATI: Tel­ugu De­sam pres­i­dent N Chan­drababu Naidu on Wed­nes­day made a fu­tile bid to ven­ture out of his house at Un­davalli here to pro­ceed to Pal­nadu re­gion in Gun­tur district as part of his ‘Chalo At­makuru’ call against alleged evic­tion of some vil­lagers.

Andhra Pradesh Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice D Gau­tam Sawang is­sued a state­ment, through the Chief Min­is­ter’s Of­fice, that Naidu was taken into “pre­ven­tive cus­tody” as “his ac­tions are in­creas­ing ten­sions and cre­at­ing dis­tur­bance to law and or­der in the Pal­nadu re­gion of Gun­tur district.”

A large con­tin­gent of po­lice, in­clud­ing sev­eral DSPS, tied the main en­trance gate of Naidu’s river­front res­i­dence with ropes and also shut other gates to pre­vent him from com­ing out.

Talk­ing to re­porters in­side the com­pound, the for­mer Chief Min­is­ter termed the po­lice ac­tion as “atro­cious” and “un­prece­dented in his­tory.”

“The sit­u­a­tion is hor­ri­ble. Many of our party lead­ers, in­clud­ing MPS and MLAS, have been taken into cus­tody at var­i­ous places. Sev­eral oth­ers were kept un­der house ar­rest,” Naidu said.

The Leader of Op­po­si­tion an­nounced that he would not give up and cer­tainly un­der­take the At­makuru visit when­ever po­lice al­lowed him. Al­leg­ing that about 120 Sched­uled Caste fam­i­lies have been driven out of their vil­lage by the YSR Congress and po­lice, he said, “They are tak­ing shel­ter in a camp or­gan­ised by the TDP. I wanted to take them back to the vil­lage and en­sure that ev­ery­one there lived in harmony.”

“I will see how long they will keep me un­der house ar­rest. I will not be cowed down. I will stand by the vic­tims and fight for their rights,” Naidu as­serted.

Coun­ter­ing the TDP chief ’s claims, state An­i­mal Hus­bandry Min­is­ter Mopi­devi Venkata Ra­mana said Naidu was in­dulging in “shame­less politics” by us­ing “paid artists” as vic­tims.

PTI

For­mer CM and TDP supremo N Chan­drababu Naidu speaks to his sup­port­ers dur­ing a protest at his res­i­dence in Amar­a­vati, Wed­nes­day

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