AP: TDP bandh evokes lukewarm response; senior party leaders in preventive custody
Chandrababu Naidu was arrested in the Skill Development Corporation scam case in a pre-dawn operation on Sept 9 at Nandyala
The statewide bandh call given by Telugu Desam Party in protest against the arrest of former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu saw a lukewarm response on Monday (September 11) with business as usual at many parts of the state during the morning hours.
According to the Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Shankha Brata Bagchi, the situation is peaceful in the state and no untoward incident has been reported.
"Situation is peaceful, depending on the situation, the local authorities have promulgated prohibitory orders," Bagchi told PTI.
A local Court in Vijayawada on Sunday (September 10) remanded TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu in judicial custody for 14 days in an alleged multi-crore corruption scam.
The Telugu Desam Party had called for a statewide bandh on Monday (September 11) in protest against the arrest of its leader.
East Godavari SP P Jagadeesh said security has been tightened in Rajamahendravaram in East Godavari district and around the central prison where Naidu is currently lodged.
The police were seen dispersing some TDP activists protesting on roads at some places in the state.
Senior TDP leaders taken into preventive custody
Several senior leaders including TDP president K Atchannaidu have been taken into preventive custody from their respective places.
In Visakhapatnam, the largest city in AP, the bandh saw no impact on normal life during the morning hours. Government and private vehicles were seen plying as usual.
According to APSRTC sources, the corporation buses including city and long routes were running as usual and no untoward incident was reported in the district.
Government offices including public sector undertaking banks and government colleges remained open.
According to Andhra University sources, the varsity and its affiliated colleges are functioning. However, some private schools have declared a holiday in view of the bandh.
The police have made elaborate security arrangements across Visakhapatnam district to maintain law and order.
DCP (Law and Order) V Vidyasagar Naidu said that the situation was peaceful and no untoward incident was reported in the district. Police have beefed up security arrangements at various places.
Naidu was arrested in the Skill Development Corporation scam case following a pre-dawn operation on Saturday (September 9) at Nandyala, which involved officers knocking on the door of the caravan in which he was sleeping. He was arrested by the CID around 6 am on Saturday (September 9) from a marriage hall outside which his caravan was parked.
(With inputs from agencies)