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Chiranjeevi's brother arrested

Syed Amin Jafri in Hyderabad | April 22, 2003 17:42 IST

The Hyderabad city policearrested three popular Telugu actors and six of their fans for staging a dharna in front of the Deccan Chronicle office today.

The actors were protesting against certain reports carried by the English daily and its sister Telugu publication, Andhra Bhoomi, over the last few days.

The actors arrested by the Gopalpuram police included Pawan Kalyan,Telugu superstar Chiranjeevi's younger brother, Allu Aravind, Chiranjeevi'sbrother-in-law, and Nagababu. They were later released on bail.

The group came to the Deccan Chronicle officein Secunderabad at about1145 IST and tried to barge into the premises. But the security guards closed the gates, so they squatted in front of the office for almost two hours, obstructing traffic on the busy Sarojini Devi Road.

Accusing the newspapers of carrying'scurrilous reports'maligning him and his brother Chiranjeevi, Kalyan said his fans wanted a public explanation and apology from the newspapers.

Kalyan had reportedly slapped Andhra Bhoomi reporter Mohammed Abdul and roughed up lensman K Durga Rao when the duo went to cover the engagement ceremony of Chiranjeevi's daughter Sushmita with actor Uday Kiran on April 18.

Subsequently, the newspapers carried reports pointing out that Kalyan had allegedly roughed up former Telugu Desam minister Paritala Ravi and some Telugu film personalities.

Soon after, the Andhra Pradesh Film Chamber of Commerce, Telugu Film Producers Council, Movie Artistes Association andAP Film Industry Employees Association issued a two-page statement accusing the newspapers of interfering inChiranjeevi's family matters and publishing stories 'in a blackmailing tone'.

Chiranjeevi,the statementadded,had not invited any journaliststo his daughter's engagement andthe Andhra Bhoomi photographer had 'scaled the wall' despite warnings by the security staff.

Two of Kalyan's fans, Sivaji and Reddy,lodged a complaint against the Andhra Bhoomi journalists for allegedly trespassing in Chiranjeevi's residence. They were charged under sections 452 (trespassing with criminal intention), 323 (assault) and 427 (deceit) of the Indian Penal Code.

The Andhra Pradesh Union of Working Journalists, Journalists Association of AP, AP Crime Reporters Association and AP Press Photographers Association condemned the attack on the scribes and demanded action against the actor.

The associations also submitted a memorandum regarding the incident to Director General of Police Pervaram Ramulu.

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Sub: Sorry state of affairs

Sorry state of affairs in the state. Chiranjeevi's brother (kalyan) physically assaulted those journalists and threatened to kill them. Journalists filed a complaint with the ...

Posted by citizen

Sub: Who should be blamed

May be everyone of us forgot about princess diana and her tragic end, but for those of you who rememeber her, she was killed in ...

Posted by Subash

Sub: its funny

i dont think mr.pava kalyan has done good job. if he wanted to protest he shold have protested any way.he shold not create any nusence ...

Posted by chandrashekar

Sub: Chirajeevis brother arressted

Why not the journalists tresspassing into other's privacy were not arrested ? ...

Posted by atin chaudhuri

Sub: Privacy

Just because it creates sensation why should the journalists invade the privacy of stars? Let them lead their family lives peacefully...there's a limit to everything. ...

Posted by lata kishore



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