Special Correspondent

Leaders of the CPI(M-L) and CPI(M) are taken into preventive custody.

ONGOLE: Police have made elaborate arrangements to maintain law and order and foil the attempts of the all-party committee to lay siege to Vodarevu And Nizampatnam Port and Industrial Corridor (VANPIC) office at Chirala on Wednesday to protest against acquisition of 18,000 acres of land for the project in Chinaganjam and Vetapalem mandals.

Tension gripped Chirala as the all-party committee plans to violate the prohibitory orders and launch the agitation. CPI State secretary K. Narayana is expected to participate in the agitation.

Deputy Superintendent of Police, Kavaligattu Srinivasa Rao told reporters at Chirala today that four persons, including Nagarjuna Reddy of CPI (M-L) New Democracy and Shaik Jilani of CPI(M), were taken into preventive custody today and more leaders are likely to be arrested tonight to foil the agitation.

Prohibitory orders

He said prohibitory orders have been promulgated under Sec 144 Cr P C in 15 Vanpic villages and Chirala town for the last one month and also under the Police Act 30 for the last two days to prevent congregation of crowds and maintain law and order.

He said two DSPs, seven Circle Inspectors, 22 Sub Inspectors, 144 constables, 45 women constables besides one platoon of APSP were deployed for bundobust and law and order duties in the affected areas.

District secretary of CPI Venkaiah said that they are going ahead with their plans to take out rally from Motupalli to Chirala, a distance of 15 km mobilising people and lay siege to the VANPIC office at Chirala at 10 am. He said Mr Narayana would reach the venue at any cost and participate in the agitation.