Chandrababu Naidu arrest: TDP calls for Andhra Pradesh bandh today, Pawan Kalyan's party backs. Top points
Andhra Pradesh Bandh News: TDP activists pelted stones on a bus in Chittoor as an RTC bus came out of the depot. Protestors set tires ablaze on the road.
N Chandrababu Naidu's Telugu Desam Party has called for Andhra Pradesh bandh on Monday in protest against the arrest of the former chief minister in connection with a misappropriation of government funds case. Pawan Kalyan's Jana Sena Party or JSP has extended its support to the state bandh call.
TDP workers held a protest in Chittoor against the arrest of Naidu. The TDP activists pelted stones on a bus in Chittoor district as the Road Transport Corporation (RTC) bus came out of the depot. Protestors also set tires ablaze on the road.
On Sunday, a day after his arrest in a case involving alleged corruption in Andhra Pradesh State Skill Development Corporation, Chandrababu Naidu was sent to 14 days in judicial custody.
Top updates on Andhra Pradesh bandh call:
1. Expressing solidarity with TDP leader Nara Chandrababu, who was arrested and sent to custody in the alleged skill development case, the TDP has called for a bandh across the state. The Andhra Pradesh Police has enforced Section 144 across the state.
2. Police also tried to detain several party leaders including TDP MLC Kancherla Srikanth in Chittoor district as a preventive action to maintain law and order in the state. Even as the police moved to detain TDP MLC Srikanth he staged a sit-in on the road and raised slogans against the Jagan Mohan Reddy government in the state.
3. Protests were also held in Tirupati and West Godavari districts against the arrest and judicial custody of Chandrababu Naidu.
4. A local court in Vijayawada remanded Chandrababu Naidu in judicial custody for 14 days in the alleged multi-crore corruption scam. He was arrested in connection with a fraud case involving misappropriation of funds from the Skill Development Corporation, leading to a loss of ₹300 crore to the state government, Andhra Pradesh CID chief N Sanjay said on Saturday.
5. JSP chief Pawan Kalyan accused the ruling party YSR Congress Party of resorting to “anti-social activities” in Andhra Pradesh. It further alleged that the YSRCP government in the state is “harassing” the opposition parties. In a statement, Kalyan also urged the JSP workers to participate “peacefully” in the bandh.
6. Chandrababu Naidu has been moved to Rajamundry Central prison after being remanded to 14 days of judicial custody. Heavy police security has been deployed at the jail prior to the former chief minister’s remand.
7. A large number of TDP workers gathered at Vijayawada court premises while the police officials moved the TDP chief to the central jail. The Rajamundry Police has imposed section 144 in the city limits to maintain law and order in the area.
8. Naidu was sent to judicial custody till September 23 by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) court in Vijayawada.
9. Home-cooked food, medication, and a special room were among the amenities granted by a court to the TDP chief for his fortnight-long stay in jail.
10. In its remand report, the CID said Chandrababu Naidu was “non-cooperative” during interrogation, and that even though they had arranged for a helicopter for him to travel to Vijayawada from Nandyal, the place where he was arrested, Naidu refused and drove to the city, with his convoy obstructed on several occasions by angry TDP cadre.
(With inputs from agencies)