Naidu on hunger strike,Nanded tense

The situation in Nanded worsened on Sunday with former Andhra Pradesh chief minister and TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu...

Written by Mahesh Joshi | Aurangabad | Published: July 19, 2010 2:03:27 am

The situation in Nanded worsened on Sunday with former Andhra Pradesh chief minister and TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu resorting to a hunger strike,seeking permission to visit the Babli irrigation project. Four persons,including three policemen,were injured in stone-pelting,allegedly by TDP workers,in the border area in the evening.

Reports from Mumbai said Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah had requested Chavan to allow Naidu to visit the project under police escort. Chavan,however,reportedly refused to entertain the demand,citing law and order issues. He told the media in Mumbai that the situation in the 4-km area from the Dharmabad Industrial Training Institute (ITI),where Naidu and 74 party leaders are being lodged,to the project could turn worse if he allowed the TDP leader to visit the project.

Naidu on Sunday also refused to undergo the routine medical check-up. Naidu and his supporters were arrested by the Maharashtra Police on Friday after they crossed the border violating prohibitory orders. They had refused to take bail on Saturday,after which a Dharmabad court sent them to two days’ judicial custody.

Dharmabad police inspector S R Munde said a mob of 20-25 persons threw stones on policemen on the Maharashtra-Andhra Pradesh border near Basar village. The police had to resort to a lathicharge to disperse the crowd. Three policemen and a passerby were injured in the incident and they have been admitted to the Dharmabad government hospital.

Security has been beefed up in the city after the incident. An additional team of State Reserve Police has also been deployed.

Earlier,the Babli Bachao Kriti Samiti held a meeting in Dharmabad and discussed Naidu’s ‘adamant’ stance over his Babli yatra. “We have asked the government to take a decision on Naidu in 24 hours. He should take bail tomorrow,else the government should send him out of the state. The more he stays,there will be trouble,” samiti head and Nanded MP Bhaskar Patil Khatgaonkar said over phone from Nanded.

The samiti has threatened a district bandh from July 20 in case Naidu is allowed to stay in Nanded after Monday evening. The Dharmabad bandh called by the samiti on Saturday was total.

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