December 6, 2021, 8:21 pm
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Protests in Andhra Pradesh : many TDP leaders were arrested

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Leaders of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) were arrested across Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday, as the opposition party’s day-long shutdown to protest the attacks on its offices began. Several of the party’s top leaders were placed under house arrest early in the morning to prevent them from attending the protests. Police arrested the leaders who went out on the streets to try to enforce the shutdown.

TDP’s central office in Mangalagiri and party offices in other parts of the state were allegedly attacked on Tuesday by supporters of the ruling YSR Congress Party (YSRCP), who were enraged by TDP spokesman Pattabhi Ram’s use of abusive language against Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao. The protestors also ransacked and attacked Pattabhi Ram’s house in Vijayawada. TDP President N. Chandrababu Naidu called for a state-wide shutdown, calling the attacks “state-sponsored terrorism.” Devineni Uma, a senior TDP leader and former minister, was arrested in Krishna district’s Gollapudi.

TDP leaders Sugunamma and Narasimha Yadav were placed under house arrest in Tirupati. Sugunamma got into a fight with the cops who were preventing her from leaving the house. In Visakhapatnam, former ministers Bandaru Satyanarayana Murthy and Palla Srinivas Rao were placed under house arrest. At various locations throughout the district, protesting party leaders and workers were arrested.

Tensions were high at the Guntur home of former minister Nakka Anand Babu. He was prevented from leaving the house by the police. The TDP leaders and the police got into a heated argument.