TD MLAs manhandled by police, arrested for sitting on dharna

Police allegedly manhandled Telugu Desam Party’s Parliamentary leader, Mr Nama Nageswara Rao and about 20 MLAs before arresting them when they sat on a dharna outside the Chief Minister’s Office Block in Andhra Pradesh Secretariat on Monday.

The TD legislators reached the Secretariat to meet the Chief Minister, Mr K. Rosaiah and submit a memorandum seeking immediate release of funds towards reimbursement of fee for professional students. However, the Chief Minister is not in the office, as he is recovering from ill health at his house.

As the security personnel did not let the TD delegation enter into the CM’s Office, the legislators sat on a dharna demanding the chief minister came to secretariat and receive their memorandum, as the dharna continues the security personnel tried to evict the TD legislators, leading to an altercation between the two.

Later, the police used the force and dragged TD leader, Mr Nageswara Rao, senior MLAs, Mr G. Muddukrishnanmma Naidu, Mr K.E. Prabhakar, Mr D. Narendra, Mr R. Chandrasekhara Reddy and others and bundled them into a police van. The TD legislators strongly protested the police action and questioned why such force was being used when they were sitting on a dharna in a peaceful manner.

The police, however, remained adamant and drove away the MLAs and MP to police station.(PTI)

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