Staff Reporter

S. Copal accuses TDP men of entering Godavari Express and shifting his luggage from the berth allotted to him

VISAKHAPATNAM: Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee member S. Gopal has said that APCC president K. Keshava Rao has permitted him to pursue the issue of "trespass'' against former Chief Minister and TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu.

He told reporters here on Friday that some 50 members, including Mr. Chandrababu Naidu's security personnel, and TDP men had entered the Godavari Express on May 19 and shifted his luggage from the berth allotted to him to another in the first A/C compartment. He had taken the issue to the notice of the General Manager of the South Central Railway. Secretary to the General Manager had informed him that the latter had asked the Chief Commercial Manager (CCM) of the South Central Railway to inquire into his complaint.

Mr. Gopal demanded that the former Chief Minister and his partymen be declared trespassers under the Protection of the Rights of Passengers of the Railways. He said that he had also sought a list of passengers who had purchased tickets in the compartment on that day from Kazipet, where the TDP men boarded the train to Khammam under the Right to Information Act.

The APCC member said that he would await the report of the CCM, which he was told would be ready in a few days.

However, if he failed to declare the TDP men as trespassers he would pursue it in a court of law making the General Manager of South Central Railway the first respondent and Mr. Chandrababu Naidu the second, he said.