Visakhapatnam: YSR Congress supremo Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Monday resumed his marathon walk Praja Sankalpa Yatra amid tight security provided by the police from Payapadu, under Salur Assembly constituency, in Vizianagaram district as thousands of people raised loud cheers.
The padayatra got disrupted after an attempt was made to murder Mr Jagan in Vizag Airport on October 25 where he had a lucky escape. Mr Jagan resumed walking after a gap of 17 days’ rest advised by the doctors, to recoup from the injury he suffered.
After the incident, the government provided tight security to Mr Jagan in order to prevent any untoward incident. During the yatra, Vizianagaram Police issued red, green and blue ID cards to those meeting Mr Jagan.
A senior police officer said that while the red cards were issued to YSRC leaders accompanying the leader, those following him were issued blue ones and the security personnel were given the green ones. A rope party with 50 police personnel will also provide protection to Mr Jagan.
The security personnel checked all the culverts and drone, body cameras are being used to keep surveillance on the yatra. Inspector of Salur Syed Mohammed Ilyas told mediapersons that security would be further tightened all along the route.
People gathered to meet Mr Jagan all over the padayatra but he called it off, after covering a distance of 6.8 km. Meanwhile, a handicapped man approached Mr Jagan by saying that he was denied pension since he could not afford to give a bribe of `3,000. Students, farmers and women also interacted with the people’s leader.
After covering Parvath-ipuram and Kurupam constituencies, Mr Jagan will move to Srikakulam district where he will end the yatra at Ichhapuram. This is Mr Jagan’s 295th day of the yatra during which he had already covered 11 out of the 13 districts in the state and is in the 12th, with only Srikakulam left. He has so far covered over 3,215 km.