Former Andhra Pradesh chief minister and TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu, who was arrested on Friday by Maharashtra Police for allegedly violating prohibitory orders in Nanded district, refused to take bail.
Naidu was arrested along with five MPs and seven MLAs of his party when they tried to reach Babhli project in Maharashtra, Home Minister R R Patil told the Legislative Assembly.
The TDP chief, who was taken to Industrial Training Institute in Dharmabad, the AP Maharashtra border town, sat on a dharna after refusing to take bail, police said.
While Naidu was detained in the Dharmabad police station, his party MPs, MLAs and MLCs were detained in the government Industrial Training Institution (ITI).
After refusing to take bail he sat on a dharna at the ITI campus along with his party activists detained there. Additional police force has been deployed at the ITI as tension prevailed following Naidu's refusal for bail, authorities said.
Nanded District Collector Ajay Gulhane imposed prohibitory orders in Babhli project premises, but Naidu and his activists entered the premises, around 3.15 pm, in about 20 to 25 cars and jeeps and violated the orders.
They broke down the barricades in their attempt to enter the project premises.
Naidu demanded that the administration should permit him to see the present situation at the project site. They shouted slogans in Telugu against Maharashtra for "using extra water."
Prior to that, the TDP men staged a protest in Bidrai village of the Dharmabad tehsil.
Around 1,000 police personal including senior police officers were present when Naidu was arrested. Even an SRP battalion was pressed into service.
Citing possible law and order problems, Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan on Thursday night telephoned his Andhra Pradesh counterpart K Rosaiah requesting him to deter Naidu and other leaders from undertaking a bus yatra to the project site, but this request was outrightly turned down.