KAKINADA: The state police has cordoned off the district, with the SP M. Raviprakash announcing that no outsiders would be allowed in, in view of Kapunadu leader Mudragada Padmanabham indefinite fast that begins no Friday.
Additional forces have been deployed in Kirlampudi, the native village of Mr Padmanabham, and also elsewhere in East Godavari district.
Mr Raviprakash told reporters that 39 check-posts have been set up at all entry points to the district.
He said that people, especially the youth who want to express solidarity with Mr Padmanabham would not be allowed into Kirlampudi as prohibitory orders under Section 144 and Section 30 were in force in the district. However, he said that common people and tourists may visit the district.
Mr Raviprakash said that over 5,000 police personnel, including Indo-Tibetan Forces (100), six companies of Central protection forces including Rapid Action Force (100 each), six platoons of APSP (30 each) and more than 2,000 police personnel of district have been deployed in the district.
The SP said that these forces were thoroughly checking all vehicles to take into custody any persons with malafide intentions.
He assured that there extreme care would be taken to ensure that innocents would not suffer on account of the clampdown.
Mr Raviprakash said Congress and YSRC leaders, former ministers and MLAs who participated in the meeting have been booked since there was no permission for the garjana.
Revealing details about investigation into Sunday’s violence in Tuni, Mr Raviprakash said that as many as 150 accused have been identified so far and will face action.
He said that the police is maintaining patience and going about its investigation with care. As many as 10 inspectors, headed by Assistant Superintendent of Police Fakirappa are investigating....