Official accuses former TUDA chief of assaulting him and tearing his shirt at the forest nursery
YSR Congress Party leader and former Chairman of Tirupati Urban Development Authority (TUDA), Chevireddy Bhaskar Reddy was on Thursday arrested in connection with the case of an alleged assault on Forest Section Officer Munikrishnama Raju at Thondavada village near Tirupati in the night on October 24.
According to R. Prabhakar Rao, Superintendent of Police, Tirupati Urban Police District, a case was filed in the Chandragiri police station against Mr. Reddy on the basis of the complaint lodged by the forest official, for alleged offences such as assault on public servant, obstructing government official from discharging his duty, trespassing into the government nursery at Thondawada and so on.
The police who were looking for Mr. Reddy, also a former TTD Trust Board member, reportedly picked him up at the Tirupati Town Club junction. He is likely to be produced before the magistrate on Friday for judicial custody. Police were also said to be on the lookout for 20 others who were also allegedly involved in the incident at the forest nursery.
According to the police, the forest official in his complaint inter alia alleged that Mr. Reddy assaulted him and tore his shirt even as he arrived at the nursery for an enquiry in connection with the arrest of six red sander smugglers.
Mr. Reddy, however, in his statement dismissed the allegations as completely concocted and instead sought to turn the tables on the forest official, whom he charged with being in an inebriated condition when he arrived at the nursery and resisted his attempts to be sent to the government hospital for ‘alcohol test'.
The former TUDA chief who has a running feud with District Minister Galla Aruna Kumari in their Chandragiri constituency in a statement squarely blamed her for trying to implicate in him in the ‘false case'. The Minister rubbished the allegation and maintained that she had nothing to do with the case.