Attack on VH

Attack on VH
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The car of senior Congress leader and former APCC president V Hanumantha Rao, who is a member of the Rajya Sabha, was allegedly attacked with footwear and stones by a few activists of Sri Venkateswara University and the Samaikyandhra Parirakshana Samiti(SAPS) at the Alipiri toll gate on Saturday. The incident took place while he was returning to Renigunta airport after having ‘darshan’ in the Tirumala temple. The vehicle’s window glasses were broken.

His car hit with footwear, stones
S-JAC calls for Seemandhra bandh

Tirupati : The car of senior Congress leader and former APCC president V Hanumantha Rao, who is a member of the Rajya Sabha, was allegedly attacked with footwear and stones by a few activists of Sri Venkateswara University and the Samaikyandhra Parirakshana Samiti(SAPS) at the Alipiri toll gate on Saturday. The incident took place while he was returning to Renigunta airport after having ‘darshan’ in the Tirumala temple. The vehicle’s window glasses were broken.

The Samaikyandhra agitators and SAPS president and general secretaries had reached the toll gate to present roses to ‘VH’ after taking the Tirupati Urban SP’s permission. They gathered in large numbers at the exit point to welcome the MP with flowers. A few spoke with him.

Some agitators obstructed the car lying down on the road. The police lathi-charged them, as the situation was turning tense, and escorted the vehicle to the airport. Dr. K Balasubramanyam, SAPS president, and N Raja Reddy, secretary, alleged that the police had ‘unnecessarily’ lathi-charged and turned the peaceful situation tense.

They condemned the police action, resulting in injuries to some persons. The samiti leaders, who called for Tirupati bandh on Sunday, claimed that the MP’s ‘provocative’ statements had hurt the Seemandhra people’s sentiments.

SP warns of stringent action

Tirupati Urban SP S V Rajasekhar Babu warned that the police won’t be silent spectators if the agitators got violent. He said the attackers have been identified. Cases have been registered by Alipiri police under seven sections 147, 332, 341, 355, 353, 149 and 417 (obstructing police from performing duty, unlawful assembly, damaging the vehicle, throwing footwear and other crimes). The police would act tough against the agitators if they continue to be violent. The SP explained that as the agitators turned violent the police were forced to act tough. ‘It is the duty of police to provide safety and security to all’. As per DGP V Dinesh Reddy’s instructions, the police provided an inspector, a sub-inspector, three constables as escorts to the MP for all three days, with ‘Z’ category security.

He said when the incident occurred the MP was sitting in the vehicle and did not come out, describing the incident ‘unfortunate’ and ‘shameful’. The SP alleged that SAPS had assured him to be peaceful, but its members resorted to violence and created ‘unwarranted ‘tension for a few minutes. The SP warned: If the activists of Samaikyandhra are confident of continuing the agitation in a peaceful manner certainly the police will allow; but once the situation goes beyond the control, such protests won’t be allowed and the police won’t be silent spectators”. A police constable was injured in the incident, Rajasekhar Babu said.(EOM).

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