Andhra Pradesh

DGP to youth: stay away from padayatra

N. Sambasiva Rao  

Director-General of Police N. Sambasiva Rao has asked youth not to participate in the padayatra proposed by former Minister and Kapu leader Mudragada Padmanabham by keeping in view the violent incidents that had taken place during such programmes in the past.

He advised the youth not to involve themselves in cases and spoil their future as the police would not spare anyone indulging in violent incidents.

The DGP reviewed the law and order situation in East and West Godavari, and Krishna districts on Thursday at the Eluru Range DIG office and later spoke to the media.

Mr. Sambasiva Rao said the police had full information on how many agitations Mr. Padmanabham had taken up in the past, how many violent incidents had taken place and how many cases had been booked. He made it clear that the police would not give permission to such rallies.

He also advised the parents to counsel their children against taking part in such agitations as it involved a lot of risk.

“If anything goes wrong, the police will not be mere spectators. We will take stern action against those indulging in violence,” the DGP warned.

Garagaparru incident

Referring to the Garagapparu social boycott, he said that some persons with no locus standi wanted to make it an issue, but the police and revenue departments would see to it that both the groups in the village lead a peaceful life.

He said, as a precautionary measure, the police had imposed Section 144 of the CrPC and Section 30 of the Police Act in the coastal districts.

Ganja smuggling

On smuggling of ganja, the DGP made it clear that he would not spare even policemen if found involved in such cases.

He said the police and excise officials were working in tandem to arrest the kingpins in ganja smuggling, and exuded confidence that the illegal activity would be stopped to a large extent in the next six months.

Eluru Range DIG P.V. Ramakrishna, Additional DG Harikumar Gupta, and SPs of the three districts were present.

‘Permission not sought’

Making a similar advice to the youth, Home Minister N. Chinarajappa told the media in Kakinada that neither the Kapu leader nor his supporters applied for the mandatory police permission for the padayatra till date.

“If anyone wants to take out a padayatra without permission, the government will not keep quiet. Law will take its own course,” the Home Minister said.

The TDP president had obtained prior permission from the government for the padayatra he had undertaken in the past and never violated the rule of the land, Mr. Chinarajappa recalled.

“If Mr. Padmanabham wants to fight over the issue, the government is ready to respond in a similar way,” he responded.

MLAs Jyothula Nehru, Venkateswara Rao, and P. Anantha Lakshmi were present.


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