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Chandrababu, other TDP leaders put under house arrest to prevent protest


Chandrababu, other TDP leaders put under house arrest to prevent protest

Last Updated on : 11 Sep,2019 | Source : Universal News Timeline

Former chief minister Chandrababu Naidu was put under house arrest on Wednesday morning, amidst high drama, to prevent him from leading a protest at Atmakur in Andhra Pradesh against alleged “states atrocities” on TDP workers. 
Many other Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leaders have been detained, including Naidu’s son and TDP General Secretary Nara Lokesh. Naidu has, however, said he will march towards Atmakur despite being prevented from doing so.
When stopped from leaving the house, Naidu initially announced he would fast till evening, but later decided to march despite being prevented. Meanwhile, the ruling YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) has given a call to YSRCP cadres—who have alleged “victimisation” during the TDP regime—to also reach Atmakur.
Reports from across Andhra Pradesh state that since morning the state police has been going into the homes of prominent TDP leaders, and confining them inside. Barricades have been put up on all roads leading to Atmakur to prevent TDP workers from moving towards the area.
A senior police official said the police could not take any chances ahead of the “Chalo Atmakur” call given by both the TDP and the YSRCP. There was "every possibility of a clash" between the two parties, so it has been decided that neither would be allowed to hold any political function, he added.
In the makeshift state capital Vijayawada, high drama was witnessed in the Novotel Hotel where former minister Bhuma Akhila Priya was detained inside her hotel room. She lodged a strong protest over the police entering her room without permission and has threatened to take the matter to court.
Since the YSRCP came to power on May 23, 2019 clashes have been reported from across Andhra between the TDP and YSRCP cadres, generally with the TDP cadres being thrashed by men from the ruling party, and the police remaining mute. 
The TDP claims that eight party workers have died and 500 others have been injured. Most of the clashes have taken place in Guntur district.
Atmakur in Guntur was selected by Naidu to protest as this was the worst affected region on account of political clashes between the two parties. The objective was to allow the victims to air their woes. But to counter the TDP, the YSRCP also gave a “Chalo Atmakur” call for the same date and time—giving the police an opportunity to prevent the event from taking place.

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