ANDHRA PRADESH

Bandaru irked at arrest of RSS, BJP activists

Staff Reporter

WARANGAL: Senior BJP leader and former Union Minister, Bandaru Dattatreya, held the Superintendent of Police, M. S. Ravindra, responsible for the `unwarranted arrest' of RSS and BJP workers in the district.

Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, Mr. Dattatreya said none in the Government was aware of the developments in Warangal district on Friday. The police took into custody several RSS and BJP activists though they had no role in the killing of pastors in Hyderabad. "Our party mandal president at Narasampet was brutally beaten by the sub-inspector. He should be suspended immediately," the BJP leader demanded.

Damaging reputation

In several instances earlier, the police pointed a finger at the RSS and BJP workers in a series of church blasts, but it was the members of Deendar Anjuman who masterminded them. Now, unidentified miscreants were out in the name of United Christian Forum to damage the reputation of the national organisations, Mr. Dattatreya explained. Former MLA, M. Dharma Rao, took strong objection to the police entering into the RSS offices at midnight and said it was for the second time the police did so after the emergency period. "We are all here in the town and the police summon us any time if they have any doubts. They cannot just take into custody anybody anytime without the evidence of involvement in pastor's murder," he pointed out.

Former mayor, T. Rajeshwar Rao, Kisan Morcha president, N. Venugopal Reddy, district unit president, G. Premender Reddy, senior leader B Gattaiah, and several others were present.

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