ANDHRA PRADESH

Mediamen, officials manhandled

ELURU: Several mediapersons and staff of the Information and Public Relations Department, including Regional Deputy Director L. Swarnalata, covering Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy’s visit, were ‘manhandled’ by police at Tadepalligudem.

The visibly-embarrassed media personnel staged a demonstration, stalling Dr. Reddy’s convoy, demanding action against police. The incident happened when some policemen denied access to media coverage of his address at the Tadepalligudem High School grounds. When Ms. Swarnalatha, District Public Relations Officer S. Srinivasa Jeevan and Divisional Public Relations Officer R.V.S. Ramachandra Rao tried to help media personnel they tasted police ‘excesses’. She was dragged away by a police officer. A policeman held a reporter from Tadepalligudem by collar and pushed him aside. Police did not honour passes issued to the media personnel by RDO.

An annoyed Chief Minister summoned Superintendent of Police B. Balakrishna and sought an explanation.

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