Tense moments at Praja Patham

The police arrested the activists of various political parties on the first day of the ‘Praja Patham' programme in the city on Monday.

The arrested were shifted to Patamata and Two Town police stations in the city. Mild tension prevailed at the meetings, when the protestors and the police entered into heated arguments.

While police said that the arrests were made as a preventive measure as the leaders planned to disrupt the programmes, the party leaders alleged that the arrests were made at the behest of the Minister and the MLAs.

The police arrested the Communist Party of India, CPI(M), Telugu Desam and YSR Congress Party leaders when they tried to question the public representatives and the officials over the pending applications submitted during earlier ‘Prajapatham' and ‘Ratchabanda' programmes.

The arrested include: CPI city secretary Donepudi Shankar, D.V. Ramana Babu, S. Raghavulu, CPI(M) leaders K. Sridevi, P. Sambireddy, TDP leaders S. Jagadish, YSR Congress party leader Y. Srinivasa Rao, AIYF city general secretary Navaneetam Sambasiva Rao and others were among the arrested leaders.

Protesting the arrests, leaders of the CPI (M) and TDP led by CH. Babu Rao, TDP State secretary Bonda Uma Maheswara Rao and others staged a dharna demanding the police to explain the reason for the arrests.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Babu Rao said in Vijayawada Central constituency the police arrested the party activists much before the beginning of ‘Prajapatham' following the directions of the ruling party leaders.

Alleging that the Government was organising ‘Praja Patham' amid police bandobust, Mr. Uma Maheswara Rao said the ruling party MLAs were not ready to hear the problems of the public in the meetings.

When the activists tried to represent the drinking water and other issues, the police resorted to arrests. The CPI leaders alleged that the Vijayawada West MLA brought some goondas along with him, who attacked the protestors.