Andhra Pradesh

Inmates evicted from Tadipatri ashram

Followers of Prabodhananda Swamy vacating the Ashram at Chinna Palamada in Tadipatri on Monday.

Followers of Prabodhananda Swamy vacating the Ashram at Chinna Palamada in Tadipatri on Monday.   | Photo Credit: R_V_S_PRASAD

Diwakar Reddy ends dharna in the police station; 10 arrested, 15 cases registered

Followers of Prabodhananda Swamy left the ashram at Chinna Palamada on Monday evening following the intervention of Anantapur Collector G. Veerapandian, and Anantapur MP J.C. Diwakar Reddy withdrew his dharna in the police station.

Special police forces were deployed in large numbers from neighbouring Kadapa, Kurnool and Chittoor districts, including the Octopus, on Monday and the Collector established contact with the disciples of the swamy after prolonged reluctance from the other side.

The Collector along with IG (Law and Order) Ravishankar Iyyanar and other police officials asked the inmates to vacate the premise as early as possible in view of the prevailing tense situation. Special buses were arranged to ferry the followers, and the Anantapur MP left the police station only after the inmates of the ashram vacated the place. Those followers, who had Aadhaar cards and other proofs as local residents, were spared.

The officials said they could have forcibly got them vacated last night, but wanted to give some time to them and added that no political or religious pressures would be allowed to prevail in such a scenario to ensure law and order.

Soon after the inmates were sent, the MP also left the police station ending his dharna, which he had continued from Sunday noon.

The Tadipatri police registered 15 cases and arrested 10 persons in connection with the violence that took place on Saturday. Investigation would be done into the incidents and the accused brought to book, the police added.

While post-mortem was conducted on the deceased Fakeerappa, the body was not handed over suspecting that passions could flare up again. The other injured are said to be in a serious condition and are being treated in hospital. While the doctors from the DM&HO team offered to treat the injured from among the ashram inmates, not many came forward. Kurnool DIG Ghattamaneni Srinivas, Chittoor SP Rajasekhar Babu, Kadapa SP Attada Bapuji, Prakasam SP Satya Yesubabu, police officer G.R. Radhika and others ensured law and order prevailed at the Prabhodananada Ashram.

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