Chiranjeevi’s fans alleged to be behind attack
HYDERABAD: Film actor Rajasekhar escaped an attack allegedly by megastar Chiranjeevi’s fans who stoned his car and broke the windows when he was returning home here early on Monday.
The attack took place when the actor was returning from a trip to Bhimavaram after disembarking from a train at Secunderabad. Dr. Rajasekhar who was driving a car was accompanied by wife Jeevitha and daughters Shivani and Shivanthika. The girls sustained injuries.
The attack was sparked off by Dr. Rajasekhar’s comments to a TV channel that he would not like to join the megastar’s proposed political party because the latter was ‘inexperienced’. Earlier, a group of fans also tried to enter the train compartment but was pushed away by security personnel of Minor Irrigation Minister Maganti Venkateswara Rao and MP V. Balashowrie, who were travelling in the same train.
Within hours of the attack, Chiranjeevi reached the actor’s residence in Jubilee Hills and waited for over an hour as Dr. Rajasekhar was at a live, phone-in programme organised by another TV channel in this connection. As soon as the actor returned home, the two actors were closeted for about half-an-hour, after which the two, with Ms. Jeevitha in tow, spoke to presspersons.
Message to fans
Chiranjeevi apologised to Dr. Rajasekhar for the attack. “In a democracy everybody has a right to speak. What Dr. Rajasekhar said was true as I am inexperienced in politics. You should not resort to such attacks especially when you say I am a disciplined person,” he said in a message to his fans. Dr. Rajasekhar said it was not his intent to make the megastar come to his house. He only wanted a message to be sent to Chiranjeevi’s fans that such violent reaction was not proper. He said he would seek police protection for his family. A steady stream of political leaders and bigwigs of the film industry called on Dr. Rajasekhar. They included Marketing Minister Botsa Satyanarayana, Greater Hyderabad Congress president Danam Nagender and MLC P. Sudhakar Reddy. Actor MP M. Mohan Babu and producer Bellamkonda Suresh also met Dr. Rajasekhar.