Kapu stir leader Padmanabham threatens indefinite fast

"...I will continue the indefinite fast even if I am put in jail. The government is conspiring to create a terrible atmosphere and to defame Kapu community," he told reporters in his native East Godavari district.

By: PTI | Hyderabad | Published: February 1, 2016 3:45 pm
kapu, kapu agitation Protesters set fire to the Ratnachal Express at Tuni in East Godavari district, Sunday. (PTI Photo)

Kapu leader Mudragada Padmanabham, whose stir for inclusion of the community in Backward Class category turned violent, on Monday threatened to sit on an indefinite fast.

“…I will continue the indefinite fast even if I am put in jail. The government is conspiring to create a terrible atmosphere and to defame Kapu community,” he told reporters in his native East Godavari district.

He held “bad elements” encouraged by ruling TDP for the violence that erupted at Tuni in the district yesterday, and alleged that the TDP government tried to suppress his agitation by creating obstacles to the public meeting.

“Is this state their estate?” he asked.

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Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister (Home) N Chinna Rajappa and Municipal Administration Minister P Narayana condemned the Padmnabham’s comments.

The government let buses used for the public meeting yesterday, Chinna Rajappa said.

Alleging that Padmanabham incited people in the public meeting, they both held him responsible for the violent incidents.

Though the Congress government led by K Vijayabhaskar Reddy in 1990s issued orders providing reservation to Kapus, the orders were not clear, Chinna Rajappa said.

Noting that Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is committed to provide quota to the community as promised by TDP, they said the government constituted a commission headed by a retired judge to go into the issue.

At least 15 policemen, including a senior district police officer, were injured yesterday when a stir by Kapu community members seeking reservation under Backward Class category turned violent as the agitators went on rampage, set four coaches of Ratnachal Express on fire at Tuni station and blocked the National Highway-16 in East Godavari district.

The protesters withdrew the blockade on the national highway, connecting Kolkata and Chennai, late last night.

Earlier yesterday, the agitators gathered at Tuni to attend a public meeting addressed by Padmanabham, pelted the engine of the train with stones and also attacked police personnel, before ransacking the railway station. Some bogies were also set ablaze.

However, no passenger was injured in the incident as they had alighted from the train before it was set on fire.

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    Janak sarma
    Feb 1, 2016 at 11:24 am
    I guess all the forward castes should create a nation wide dharna for special bottom of the list category, special treatment and benefits.
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      SamPraGa
      Feb 1, 2016 at 10:56 am
      Government should confiscate the properties of those leaders who called for the agitation and for not keeping their followers under control, to pay for the damages to national property. Those who burn the train or encouraged to do so, should first burn their own homes and see how it feels like. I do not know where their (both the leaders and the dumb followers) brains are!!!
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        TIHAEwale
        Feb 1, 2016 at 11:36 am
        Put Padmanabham in jail for destroying public property and also recover cost of damaged property let him fast
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          harish
          Feb 1, 2016 at 11:15 am
          more and more communities want to come under SC/ST umbrella, This shows that there is no discrimination against SC/ST
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            harith
            Feb 1, 2016 at 11:00 am
            Mudragada: if you are honest, contest and get elected as MLA; come to embly with powers and introduce the bill democratically; if it wins, it will become a law; your current approach confirms your dishonesty and caste politics; if you think, you are above the law and will be allowed to do what ever you wish, you are wrong
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