Staff Reporter

Consoles the kin of Ayyappa devotees who died in road accident

NANDIGAMA: Praja Rajyam president K. Chiranjeevi on Thursday visited Anasagaram near here and called on the family members of the 11 Ayyappa devotees who were killed in a road accident during their pilgrimage to Sabarimalai in Kerala a day before Bhogi festival. The actor-turned-politician sought to console the family members of the deceased and assure them of all his support in future.

Accompanied by his party MLAs Vellampalli Srinivas (Vijayawada West) and Yelamanchili Ravi (Vijayawada East), senior leader Kamineni Srinivas and others, Mr. Chiranjeevi arrived in Vijayawada from Guntur district and went straight to Anasagaram. He was given a rousing reception by the cadre and leaders of the party en route while people from different sections of society too waited to catch a glimpse of him.

Anasagaram witnessed a surge of crowds as Mr. Chiranjeevi chose to go door to door to enquire about the well-being of the families of the deceased pilgrims.

The party leaders found it difficult to manage the crowds and the media too faced hardship in moving with the celebrity-turned-leader amidst the pushing and shoving by his admirers, who wanted to come near him.

During his interaction with the families, Mr. Chiranjeevi assured them of his support in getting suitable compensation for them and he demanded that the government pay Rs. 5 lakhs towards ex gratia to each of the families. He pointed out that all the families lost very young members, most of whom were unmarried and in the economically productive age-group. He said that the government should generously support the families, since they lost those on whom they depended heavily.

Good response

Mr. Srinivas said there was overwhelming response from the people to Mr. Chiranjeevi’s tour in Guntur and Krishna districts. He said that Mr. Chiranjeevi gave an assurance to the families in Anasagaram that he would take up their plight with the Chief Minister.