Even as Andhra Pradesh shut down on Monday to protest the arrest of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N. Chandrababu Naidu and his 74 supporters by the Maharashtra police, the state decided it would shift them from Dharmabad to Aurangabad.
The decision was taken ahead of a proposed bandh in Nanded. Locals want the TDP protesters moved out of the district.
On Monday, the judicial custody of Naidu and his supporters was extended till July 26 after they refused bail unless they were allowed to visit the site.
The state had offered to let Naidu visit the site without his supporters but it has changed its mind now. “Naidu and his delegation won’t be allowed to visit the barrage,” Chief Minister Ashok Chavan said.
Earlier in the day, the dispute led to all-party protests, forcing both Houses to be adjourned for the day.