Mudragada’s Native Village Cordoned Off By Police

Fear and tension are gripping Kirlampudi. The village looks more like a police cantonment.

Kirlampudi: On the eve of Chalo Amaravati Padayatra by Mudragada Padmanabham, his village Kirlampudi stands completely dominated by security forces.

People are not being allowed into the village unless they produce their Aadhaar cards. Those without these cards are being into custody. No outsider is being permitted to step into the village. Even two or three people are not being allowed to assemble. Every house in the village has already been searched.

All roads leading to Kirlampudi have been blocked by the police. Vehicles are being allowed only after a thorough check.

Around 250 policemen have cordoned off Mudragada’s residence. Intelligence officials are also present. No one is being allowed to meet Mudragada.

There are even allegations that police are threatening Kirlampudi residents. Nearly 140 of them have been issues notices, while 86 have been bound over to other places. Villagers have been warned that there will be serious consequences if anyone participates in the padayatra in violation of orders.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that Kapu leaders are preparing themselves to deal with any provocation. Many people have readied themselves for the padayatra. Sources in the Mudragada camp said about two thousand people from each of the surrounding villages will come on to the streets at the same time. They are even ready to endure police lathi charges. As police are not allowing people to move physically, protest leaders are sharing information through mobile phones.

DGP Warns Again

Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh DGP Sambasiva Rao on Tuesday once again declared that permission has not been granted to Chalo Amaravati Padayatra. He sought to point out that Kapu movement leader Mudragada Padmanabham did not seek any permission.

Section 30 and 144 have been imposed in the area and those who violate these sections will face serious consequences. The padayatra will not be allowed at any cost, he asserted.

Pointing out that Kapu leaders had resorted to violence and destruction earlier, the DGP warned that cases will be filed against people who try to destroy properties of others. He feared that miscreants might also join padayatra and create law and order problems.

Massive security has been deployed near the AP Secretariat in view of the padayatra. Police have made it clear that there is no permission to take out rallies or protests.

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