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Long wait: A large number of applicants wait at the DPL centre on the premises of Sub-Collector’s office in Vijayawada on Friday for ration cards.
Long wait: A large number of applicants wait at the DPL centre on the premises of Sub-Collector’s office in Vijayawada on Friday for ration cards.

Staff Reporter

Case registered against NSUI leader for ‘overpowering’ revenue official

Congress activists pick up altercation with staff at Ajit Singh Nagar

At KBN College, Left parties seek completion of pending work

VIJAYAWADA: Amidst protests and scuffles, Designated Photography Location (DPL) centres for issuing ration cards were reopened at four places in the city on Friday.

While Congress activists picked up an altercation with the staff of the centre at Makineni Basava Punnaiah Stadium at Ajit Singh Nagar and reportedly overpowered them, activists of the Left parties staged a dharna outside the DPL centre located at KBN College at Kothapet.

Tension prevailed when State committee member of the National Students Union of India (NSUI) Oggu Gavaskar, along with his associates, picked up an altercation with the staff of the DPL centre at Ajit Singh Nagar demanding issue of ration cards to two of his associates.

He reportedly overpowered Sridhar, a Revenue Inspector, monitoring the works at the centre. The staff stopped the work and demanded that the Congress activists tender apologies to the official. In the melee, people waiting at the centre for their turn found fault with the staff and asked them not to waste their time to settle their personal scores.

The DPL centre staff approached the Payakapuram police, who, in turn, pacified the two groups by registering a case against Gavaskar and his associates.

At KBN College, activists of the Communist Party of India (CPI) led by its local leader Ramana Babu and those of the CPI (M) led by local corporator Boya Satyababu staged a dharna outside the DPL centre, demanding speedy completion of the pending work.

They alleged that the staff issued only 100 tokens for the day, whereas beneficiaries in large numbers were waiting at the centre. The Kothapet police took the activists into custody.

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