Mudragada’s House Arrest Extended Till August 2
Kirlampudi: The house arrest of Kapu leader and former minister Mudragada Padmanabham has been extended till next Wednesday after he tried to revive his Chalo Amaravathi Padayatra on Thursday morning.
He was originally put under house arrest for 24 hours on Wednesday when he attempted to launch his padayatra demanding that Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu implement the promises he incorporated in the TDP Election Manifesto on reservations for Kapus.
When Mudragada tried to resume his padayatra on Thursday morning from his residence at Kirlampudi, as the period of house arrest was over, he was once again stopped by police. Clarifying that no permission has yet been granted for the padayatra, Officer on Special Duty Ravishankar Reddy informed him of extension of his house arrest in accordance with provisions of Section 144 (3) issued by the East Godavari District Collector.
Protesting over the government’s renewed move, Mudragada told the media, “Am I an international terrorist. Arrest me if there are any cases against me. They should stop this oppression. Otherwise, there will be serious consequences. I will come out on August 3 at 9 am and will launch my padayatra.”
Mudragada was allowed to speak to the media after Kapu leaders sought permission to this effect from the district administration.
Strong protests have been witnessed in districts of East and West Godavari and Krishna and Guntur after announcement of the news extending his house arrest for a week.
It may be recalled that security forces had cordoned off the residence of Mudragada on the eve of his padayatra on Wednesday. He was not allowed to go out by OSD Ravi Shankar, despite Mudragada pleading that his padayatra will be peaceful and in the Gandhian way.
Many Kapu leaders have also been put under house arrest.
Nearly seven thousand policemen have cordoned off the entire East Godavari District. Around 95 check posts and 116 pickets are keeping a vigil across the district, even as extensive patrolling is on in both Godavari districts, apart from Krishna and Guntur districts.