Top Telugu Desam leaders of the city made several trips to the Satyanarayanapuram police station on Thursday and Friday in a bid to “rescue” the son of former corporator and senior party leader Bopanna Raghavendra Rao from being booked under the provisions of SC/ST Atrocities Act.

‘Naidu furious’

Vijayawada Parliamentary constituency in-charge Kesineni Srinivas (Nani), Vijayawada Central Assembly constituency in-charge Bonda Umamaheswara Rao, Vijayawada West Assembly constituency in-charge Buddha Venkanna, and Vijayawada Urban president Nagul Meera, former TDP floor leader Yerubothu Venkataramana, and corporator Gogula Ramana Rao visited the police station more than once to request the police not to book SC/ST case against Bopanna Gandhi and a few students of SRR College. According to sources, the matter has gone right up to party president N. Chandrababu Naidu, who became furious and ordered that Mr. Gandhi be expelled from the party if the SC/ST case was booked against him.

Trouble began with the TDP men clashing with YSR Congress Party activists. The persons who were beaten up by the TDP men went and lodged a complaint in the S.N. Puram police station.

Vijayawada Commissioner of Police B. Sreenivasulu, when contacted, told The Hindu that a case has been booked under the SC/ST Atrocities Act against Mr. Gandhi and an investigation would be conducted.

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