Police lathi-charged and arrested some CPI (M) activists when they obstructed the convoy of Minister for Minority Welfare Mohd. Ahmedullah at Kadapa Municipal Stadium, the Rachabanda venue, on Tuesday.

CPI (M) leader Manohar accused the Minister and officials of failing to resolve the problems being faced by the people in Kadapa. He alleged that the Minister’s followers attacked the party activists. He demanded setting up of fair price shops in colonies inhabited by the poor. They questioned the rationale behind conducting the Rachabanda at one place in Kadapa for four lakh population of the town.