Telugu Desam MLA Chintamaneni Prabhakar from Denduluru in West Godavari district was arrested on Saturday in a case of attack on media persons at Kalaparru on the city outskirts.
The Pedavegi police registered a case under Sections 341, 323 and 324 read with 34, and Section 9 of the Andhra Pradesh Gambling Act and Section 11 of the Prevention of the Cruelty to Animals and Birds Act against the MLA for allegedly attacking Eenadu photographer Ch. Satyanarayana. The provocation was the lensman clicking pictures of the MLA organising high-stake cockfights at Koppaka on January 15.
Mr. Satyanarayana, who sustained bleeding injuries on his face, was admitted in the government hospital here. J. Kirankumar, a trainee reporter of the same daily, also received injuries in the melee. Superintendent of Police M. Ramesh intimated the arrest of the MLA to Assembly Speaker Nadendla Manohar. Mr. Prabhakar was produced before N. Jesuratnakumar, Special Judicial First Class Magistrate for Excise, who granted him bail.