Staff Reporter

Activists planned protest programmes during Chief Minister’s tour

KADAPA: Police arrested 124 CPI( M) leaders and activists in three raids on the CPI (M) office in Kadapa since Tuesday night and picked up activists and shifted them to various police stations in a bid to avert their protests during Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy’s visit to Kadapa on Wednesday.

CPI (M) district secretary B. Narayana and leaders K. Anjaneyulu, D.C. Venkataiah and 16 others were picked from Zion College here on Wednesday and their bid to obstruct the Chief Minister’s convoy was foiled.

Land occupation movement would not be given up despite arrests and acts of repression, CPI (M) district secretariat member N. Ravisankar Reddy asserted at a press conference.

He demanded the release of those arrested by the police and cases booked during the last three days.

Apology demanded

Mr. Ravisankar Reddy demanded an unconditional apology by Kadapa SP Y. Nagi Reddy for police raids on the CPI (M) office. He alleged detention of some party activists since two days. Fifty two party men were arrested on September 3 when huts were put up in Putlampalle and Bhagatsinghnagar and remanded, he recalled. CPI (M) district secretary B. Narayana participated in land occupation stir in Khaleelnagar, but was booked in three cases, he deplored.

Previous TDP Government did not unleash repression on CPI (M) members, he claimed. Land stir would continue despite arrests and raids on party offices, he maintained. CPI (M) leader C. Babu also took part.

YSR effigy burnt

Meanwhile, SFI activists burnt an effigy of Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy near old bus stand here condemning the arrest of CPI (M) functionaries. SFI state leader S. Noor Mohammed flayed the Government for using force and trying to stifle agitations, without giving 60 yards each as house sites to the poor. SFI district secretary P. Raju, city secretary Gurrappa and activists participated.

Condemned

CPI district secretary G. Obulesu and assistant secretary P. Krishnamurthy condemned the arrest of CPI(M) functionaries as undemocratic.

Registering of non-bailable cases against agitators who were demanding that encroached lands be freed and distributed among the poor was atrocious, they alleged.

Hyderabad correspondent adds: The CPI (M) State committee has condemned the arrest of the party’s leaders and cadre in Kadapa and demanded that the police immediately release all those arrested.

False cases

In a statement, the CPI (M) criticised the police officials concerned for their efforts to suppress the ongoing land struggle in Kadapa by arresting the party leaders and registering false cases against them.

YSR’s good books

The party wanted to know whether the officials concerned wanted to be in the good books of Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy or the arrests were made at the instance of Dr. Reddy.