Andhra Pradesh

Relief as Mudragada agrees to take fluids


: Kapu leader Mudragada Padmanabham, who is fasting for a week now demanding the release of 13 of his community people who were arrested in the Tuni arson case, finally agreed to take fluids and give blood samples on Wednesday.

However, there is no clarity either from Mr. Mudragada’s side or from the government on the agreement reached between them over his demands that includes withdrawal of cases on the arsonists and action against policemen who allegedly humiliated the Kapu leader’s younger son and daughter-in-law. But, the State government, which is constantly in touch with the Kapu leader through its emissaries, including East Godavari district Collector H. Arun Kumar, Visakhapatnam Deputy Inspector General of Police Srikanth and Superintendent of Police of Rajamahendravaram, S. Rajakumari and East Godavari SP S. Ravi Prakash, reiterated that it would not oppose bail if the arrested person moved a petition in court. At the same time, it made it clear that it would not give anything in writing.

“Mr. Padmanabham agreed to take fluids and also give blood samples. We have conveyed the government’s view that it will continue further investigation into the cases filed in the Tuni arson incidents,” said Mr. Srikanth at a press conference along with police officers and Mr. Arun Kumar, in the evening.

However, in the afternoon, BJP MLA Akula Satyanarayana had said that there was every possibility of Mr. Padmanabham’s fast coming to an end in a day or two.

However, JAC leaders including, Akula Ramakrishna, Nalla Vishnu, Yesudasu, Adapa Nagendra, Areti Prakash, and Thota Raju, said at a separate press conference that Mr. Padmanabham would call off his fast if the government ensured that all the 13 arrested people were given bail.

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