Andhra Pradesh

25 held on charge of distributing money

‘They are not residents of Nandyal’

The Nandyal I Town Police on Friday arrested 25 persons from various areas on the charge of distributing money among people while canvassing for their respective parties.

The police said the arrested persons were not residents of Nandyal Assembly constituency.

However, the police did not name the parties to which the arrested persons belonged to. “The issue is under investigation,” they said.

“Nine of the 25 arrested persons are innocent. Issues pertaining to the remaining are under investigation,” said inspector Asrar Basha.

Following telecast in a section of the electronic media that the arrested persons were from the YSR Congress, MLA Srikanth Reddy went to the police station to enquiry about the incident.

Quoting the police, Mr. Reddy told The Hindu that the arrested persons belonged to all the parties, and six of them seemed to be owing their allegiance with the YSRCP and carried a sum of ₹5,000 each.

MLA’s poser

“I question the rationale behind arresting these persons, regardless of whichever party they belong to, for possessing just ₹5,000 per head, while choosing to let go Balakrishna (Hindupur TDP MLA) though he was allegedly caught on camera distributing money,” said Mr. Srikanth Reddy. “Further, people who have come from other places to canvass in Nandyal are bound to have some money.”

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