Guntur: The police department deployed policemen in front of the Acharya Nagarjuna University to restrain public from atte-nding Madiga Reservation Porata Samiti’s Kurukshetra public meeting demanding categorisation of SC reservations.
The police conducted thorough checks in bus-stands, railway stations and at the venue. The MRPS first decided to conduct Kurukshetra meeting and got permission from the court. But Mala Mahanadu, which is opposing categorisation of SC reservation, also decided to conduct a public meeting at the same place which created law and order problem and permission was denied to both meetings. But MRPS leaders claimed that they will conduct Kurukshetra meeting at the venue without caring for the restriction, which created tension.
The police stopped MRPS leaders and activists coming from Prakasam, Krishna, Kur-nool, Nellore and other districts at various police pickets and shifted them to nearest police stations. The police tightened security to the Secretariat at Velagapudi to avoid protests by the MRPS. The locals of various villages of Amaravati capital region faced severe difficulties to reach their villages due to closure of the Krishna Karkatta road providing security to Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu. The CM is living on the banks of the Krishna river in Undavalli on the Karakatta and the police, sensing chances of MRPS protests at the CM house, closed the Karakatta and its linking roads. The police shifted the arrested MRPS activists to Amara-vati, Nadendla, Sattena-palli and other police stations.
Meanwhile, MRPS foun-der Manda Krishna Madi-ga, who vastly campaig-ned about Kurukshetra till Thursday disappeared on Friday morning. Speaking to media over the phone, he recalled that Mr Chandrababu Naidu’s swearing-in programme was held in the Bible Mission grounds, YSRC plenary scheduled on July 8 and 9, Jansena founder Pawan Kalyan conducted weavers meeting there and several other meetings were held, but the TD government showed partiality by refusing to give permission to MRPS meeting. He claimed that there is no violence in the 23 years history of MRPS. He further claimed that Mr Naidu successfully completed his padayathra with the cooperation of MRPS but now forget the same and denying permission.