Scores of Bharatiya Janata Party leaders in Andhra Pradesh had been positioned under house arrest and a whole bunch of activists had been taken into preventive custody on Friday in a bid to thwart their makes an attempt to carry Chalo Amalapuram and Chalo Antarvedi rallies in protest against the latest attacks on temples within the state.
State BJP president Somu Veerraju, former president Kanna Lakshminarayana, former Union minister Daggubati Purandeshwari, celebration normal secretary P Vishnuvardhan Reddy and former state minister Ravela Kishore Babu had been saved under house arrest of their respective residences since Thursday evening.
Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police in Eluru of West Godavari district, Okay V Mohan Rao instructed the media that no permission was sought for holding the protest rallies.
“Some political leaders were kept under house arrest as they were trying to disturb peace in the Konaseema region. In those areas, Section 144 (prevention of Unlawful assembly) of the Criminal Procedural Code (CrPC) is already in place,” he mentioned.
Tension prevailed in Amalapuram space, as a whole bunch of BJP activists courted arrest after elevating slogans against the federal government for not defending the properties of temples and hurting the emotions of the Hindus. The police made large safety preparations within the area to forestall any untoward incidents.
Speaking to the media, the state BJP president mentioned the celebration would take up the difficulty of attacks on temples to all elements of the nation. “The police are trying to suppress a democratic and peaceful agitation,” Veerraju alleged.
Meanwhile, BJP Rajya Sabha MP and nationwide spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao wrote a letter to Union residence minister Amit Shah requesting that strict directions be given to the state authorities to forestall attacks on Hindu spiritual establishments.
“The Jagan government is resorting to undemocratic means and is hurting the sentiments of the Hindus. We requested the home minister to intervene and rein in the government,” he mentioned.