Post-poll violence in Hindupur, Dharmavaram

Staff Reporter

ANANTAPUR: Tension prevailed in Hindupur and Dharmavaram towns on Thursday night after incidents of post-poll violence. Additional forces were rushed to the two towns to prevent any escalation in the situation.

According to the information reaching here, Congress rebel and independent candidate B. Naveen Nischal’s brother Murali and Congress leader J.E. Venkataswamy’s brother Laxminarayana had allegedly clashed after a heated argument in a polling station in the Chinna Market area, over the alleged presence of Hindupur municipal chairman and Mr. Venkataswamy’s son J.E. Anil Kumar camping in the polling station to support voting in favour of Congress.

Attacked with rod

Mr. Murali was said to have objected to it and demanded that Mr. Anil Kumar be sent out. As the two were engaged in a heated exchange other supporters of Mr. Naveen Nischal reached the polling station and allegedly attacked Mr. Laxminarayana with an iron rod, injuring him seriously.

He was rushed to the Government Hospital.

Protesting the attack on Laxminarayana, Venkataswamy, Anil Kumar and their followers staged a rasta roko in the Sadbhavana Circle demanding immediate arrest of Murali and his brother Naveen Nischal. Accordingly, Two Town Inspector Amarnath Patrick arrested Naveen Nischal and moved him to Penukonda.

The news of Naveen Nischal’s arrest spread like a wildfire leading to a chain of violent incidents.

Ransack police station

Naveen Nischal’s followers, his wife and other family members alleged raided One Town police station and ransacked it protesting arrest of the former. They went to ransack a bar belonging to Venkataswamy later. Additional police forces were rushed there and the mob was dispersed after lathicharge.

In Dharmavaram, Congress candidate K. Venkatarami Reddy and followers were staging a protest in front of the Town police station demanding action against TDP activists of Chintalapalli for attacking the houses of Congress activists of Vasanthapuram.

Gun snatched

Congress activist of Vasanthapuram, Ramesh, allegedly snatched a gun from a police constable in Chintalapalli after the polling hours and threatened to kill the villagers. However, the villagers overpowered him, beat him up, snatched the gun and returned it to the constable. The Congress activist was angry against pro-independent (TDP) polling in the village.

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