Saturday, 20 August 2016

AP police books ex-mantris, actor

By Udumula Sudhakar Reddy
The AP police on Wednesday issued FIRs against political leaders from the Kapu community
including former Union minister M.M. Pallam Raju, former state ministers from Congress, BJP and
YSR Congress, a TV channel CMD and Tollywood director- cum-actor G.V. Sudhakar Naidu for unlawful assembly. Some of them were booked for conspiracy and road blockade. Former Union minister M.M. Pallam Raju, former state minister Vatti Vasantha Kumar, MP V. Hanumantha Rao, former DCCB director Akula Ramakrishna of Congress, former state minister Kanna Lakshminarayana of the BJP, former minister Botsa Satyanarayana and Ambati Rambabu of YSRC have been named as accused in some of FIRs. No.1 News channel’s CMD M. Sai Sudhakar Naidu who is a Kapu and had participated in the meeting has also been named as an accused. In violence cases only Mudragada Padmanabham and some others have been named. None of the leaders
of political parties figured in the FIRs. “The Kapu meeting was held without permission. It amounts to unlawful assembly. Politicians and others who participated and were on the stage were made accused in one of the FIRs connected with unlawful assembly. Some politicians like Pallam
Raju sat along with Mudragada during the road blockade in which some buses were damaged. So
other cases were booked. Likewise others who took part in the rail blockade along with Mudragada were also booked,” said a senior police official. According to sources, Mr Pallam Raju has
been named in three FIRs, including for conspiracy and road blockade. Mr Kanna Lakshminarayana
has been named in one case of unlawful assembly. The owner of the coconut grove where the meeting took place, Mr Raja, has also been booked. Around 27 Kapu leaders have been booked including
YSRC MLA Dadisetty Raja and Jakkampadui Vijayalakshmi. Tollywood actor G.V. Sudhakar Naidu,
who had earlier contested from Gajuwaka with the blessings of Chiranjeevi said, “I attend Kapu meetings regularly. In my speech I said that at July 10, 1988’s Kapunadu meeting at Vijayawada around 10 lakh had attended and after 28 years I am seeing such a crowd again. Then I said ‘Jai
Kapu, Jai Mudragada, Jai Vangaveeti, Jai Pawan Kalyan.’ Then the power was cut. People begun running on to the stage and fell on me, so I ran for cover. I took an OB van and got down at a nearby village and then took the bus.” 

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