Staff Reporter

Police receive complaints against political leaders on demolition issue

ANANTAPUR: Peace returned to Tadipatri here on Saturday after two days. There was no activity in and around the place of worship, a part of which was demolished by civic authorities on Thursday as part of road-widening.

About 300 police personnel were deployed in the town to maintain law and order and to foil any attempts to breach the peace. Prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC were clamped around the disputed site and unlawful gathering has been banned in the town under Section 30 of the Police Act.

The area has been taken under the control of police and the prohibitory orders will be in force till November 25. The police are trying to identify those involved in the violent incidents on Thursday and Friday with the help of video footage. Sources said that already 250 persons had been identified and the number was likely to go to 1,000.

The police received complaints against TDP and Congress leaders for the loss of property in the violence and the demolition of a part of the disputed structure, respectively. The religious head of the disputed structure and TDP leaders complained against Congress leaders including J.C. Prabhakar Reddy, E.C. Venkataramana, Nazir, Iqbal, S.V. Ravindra Reddy and others for demolishing the structure injuring persons with stone pelting and hurling of bombs.

Those who suffered loss of property in the Thursday's incidents lodged complaint against 16 TDP leaders including Fayaz Basha, Ayub and others.