Police action against Chandrababu Naidu
Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu, who is on a hunger strike demanding compensation for farmers, was forcibly taken into custody and shifted to hospital in the wee hours on Monday after a seven-hour high drama at the new MLA quarters in Hyderabad, which saw police clashing with TDP workers leaving many of them injured.
Chandrababu is, however, continuing his hunger strike for the fourth day in the hospital.
Chandrababu's son Lokesh, MLC Y V B Rajendra Prasad and several others were injured in the police action during the arrest of the former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister.
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High drama began around 10 PM on Sunday night
A case under Section 309 of Indian Penal Code (attempt to commit suicide) has been registered against Naidu while a case under Section 353 IPC (preventing a public servant from discharging his duties) was registered against other TDP leaders.
The TDP called for a state-wide bandh on Monday in protest against Chandrababu's arrest and the Left parties have extended support to it.
The high drama began around 10 PM on Sunday night when a heavy contingent of policemen in full riot-gear descended on the new MLA quarters, where Chandrababu has been observing the indefinite hunger-strike for the last three days, and attempted to evict the fasting leader, sources said.
Many TDP leaders sat on the dais to guard their leader
High tension prevailed at the campsite as thousands of TDP workers surrounded the dais, where Chandrababu was resting, in a bid to prevent police action.
Many senior MLAs and leaders sat on the dais to guard their leader.
Police then locked the main gate of the MLA quarters to prevent anyone from coming inside even as thousands of TDP workers thronged the venue to resist police action.
Around 5 am, several plain-clothed policemen belonging to the City Task Force made their way to the dais to lift Chandrababu while the police in riot-gear allegedly beat up the party workers and tried to disperse them.
Naidu refused to heed to requests
TDP workers jostled with the police to thwart their attempts.
Joint Commissioner of Police M M Bhagawat spoke to Chandrababu and requested him to shift to the Nizams' Institute of Health Sciences in view of his failing health.
The Leader of Opposition, however, refused to heed.
The police then launched an offensive and allegedly pushed National Security Guard personnel, who were on Chandrababu's security duty, and forcibly evicted him.
In the melee Chandrababu's son Lokesh suffered injuries. Many MLAs and MLCs sustained injuries in the police action including MLC Rajendrababu, the sources said.
A case of police 'brutality'?
Former Union Minister K Yerran Naidu, former Home Minister T Devender Goud, and other party leaders have strongly condemned the police "brutality".
Naidu is on an indefinite hunger strike in protest against the "inadequate" relief package announced by the state government for farmers who lost their crop in the recent rains.
Expressing concern over Naidu's deteriorating health, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy had on Sunday night appealed to him to end the fast as the government was addressing the problems faced by farmers.
The government was considering all farmer-related issues raised by the opposition parties, he had said.