VIJAYAWADA: City Police Commissioner Umesh Sharraf has been asked to go on long leave by the State Government. However, nobody has been posted as the Commissioner so far.
This is a sequel to Thursday night's protest by Congress activists following a rally organised by the Telugu Desam Party in the city earlier in the day. The Congressmen thronged the police commissionerate seeking action against the TDP activists for portraying Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy in an `objectionable manner'. The TDP rally was in protest against the clemency to Gouru Venkat Reddy and the Outer Ring Road project.
A delegation led by city Congress president Pyla Sominaidu and chairman of the VGTM-UDA Malladi Vishnu called on U.V.S. Raju, DCP, and submitted a memorandum seeking action against the TDP men.
Congress MLA from Kankipadu Devineni Rajasekhar and Mr. Sominaidu, at a press conference on Friday, warned the TDP against resorting to "cheap publicity by portraying our leaders in an objectionable manner. You are testing our patience."
Recalling Thursday's incident where a person attired like Dr. Reddy and beaten with brooms and chappals, Mr. Rajasekhar said the person who was "publicly humiliated" was a Dalit. He wanted cases to be booked against the TD leaders under SC, ST Atrocities (Prevention) Act.