Congress Protests Seizure of Vehicles Heading to Public Meeting
Khammam: Congress leaders have condemned state police for stopping vehicles taking people to the Telangana Garjana Sabha public meeting organised by the party in Khammam town on Sunday.
Police set up check-posts on roads leading to Khammam and stopped vehicles, demanding various documents of the vehicle. Former MP Ponguleti Srinivas Reddy said police seized nearly 1,800 vehicles taking people for the public meeting.
Party sources said TPCC president A. Revanth Reddy called up DGP Anjan Kumar protesting against police trying to cause impediments in holding of the public meeting by Congress. AICC secretary and MLA D. Sridhar Babu accused the state government of playing cheap politics by imposing restrictions on people trying to reach Khammam town for the public meeting.
Senior Congress leaders Seethakka, Renuka Chowdhury and Hanumantha Rao rushed to the check posts, where authorities had seized the vehicles.
Speaking to Deccan Chronicle, former SC Corporation chairman Pidamarthy Ravi, who resigned from BRS party, said he had to go from Khammam to Julurupadu to get the vehicles released.
At several places, those going in the seized vehicles staged protests at the check-posts where they were stopped. Police booked cases against the owners / drivers of the vehicles carrying people with authorisation.
Congress leaders said Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has imposed restrictions on vehicles carrying people from villages and towns to the public meeting to counter the growing public support for the Congress party in Telangana.