Even as about five hundred Peoples Democratic Party activists continue to stay put within the high walled Anwarssery camp of the PDP leader Abdul Nasir Maudany with the aim of resisting the arrest of Mr. Maudany by the Karnataka Police, a four hundred strong police force in full riot gear led by the District Superintendent of Police, Harshita Attaluri, brought the whole Anwarssery area under police control by 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Prohibitory orders imposed in the area under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure by the District Collector A. Shajahan at 11.30 a.m. on Saturday made the task easy for the police. The ban orders cover the Sasthamcotta and Mynagapally villages. Anwarssery is in the Mynagapally village.
The prohibitory orders have banned the presence of people who are not residents of the Anwarssery camp of Mr. Maudany within the walled camp. Entry of people who are not bona fide residents of Mynagapally and Sasthacotta villages into these villages have also been banned.
The prohibitory orders and police action was part of a move to facilitate the arrest of Mr. Maudany by the Karnataka police.
But police officers presently in control of the Anwassery area have no inkling about the time of the arrest. That has to be decided at the top brass level, a police officer at Anwarssery told THE HINDU. But instructions have arrived to give Mr. Maudany the opportunity to surrender before taking any decision to effect an arrest by force.
The time of arrest can range from dusk on Saturday to even Monday. But police officers in control of the area prefer the arrest to be effected as early as possible. Police said that fearing trouble, some of those put up inside the walled camp of Mr. Maudany managed to scale the wall and escape. Police also fear whether some others are being kept inside by force.