Curfew imposed in Vizianagaram Andhra Pradesh from 6 am , October 6 2013 says Dwaraka Tirumala Rao who is Inspector General of Police, North Coastal Zone, AP
It was a total shutdown across Vizianagaram after the Union Cabinet’s approval the proposal to create 29 th State of Telangana by bifurcating Andhra Pradesh.
Defying prohibitory orders under Section 144 clamped on Friday, a large number of people gathered near the PCC Chief’s house. They raised slogans against Mr. Satyanarayana. They vent their ire by hurling stones at the police at the Congress leader’s seeming inaction in preventing bifurcating of the State.
A woman police officer, Krishna Prasanna, who is Deputy Superintendent of Police, and a half-a-dozen other police personnel were injured in the stone-pelting and rushed to hospital.
The scene resembled a battle zone, with the police doing their best to prevent people from entering the house, as the agitators kept up a continuous barrage of stones, and the police lobbing teargas shells.
Whenever, the police launched the offensive and moved towards the agitators, the latter retreated and in other situations, when a heavy mob surged ahead, the police took shelter behind their shields and crouched behind the walls of houses. Till afternoon, the situation continued to be tense and as stones kept flying, the air was thick with smoke from teargas.
Mr. Botcha Satyanarayana, who is also the Transport Minister, is camping in Hyderabad. His wife, Botcha Jhansi, is a Congress Member of Parliament.
Tension prevailed in Rajahmundry when hundreds of students, teachers, employees and farmers, rallying under the banner of the Konaseema Joint Action Committee, reached the residence of Amalapuram MP G.V. Harshakumar in school buses and demanded his resignation.
Water supply to the house of Congress MP Magunta Srinivasulu Reddy was cut at Ongole, where the protesters also burnt his effigy. Tension prevailed at Guntur when Samaikyandhra agitators tried to barge into the houses of Union Minister J.D. Seelam and Agriculture Minister Kanna Lakshminarayana.
The government is bracing itself for the agitation in coastal and Rayalaseema districts, seeking 25 companies of Central forces in addition to the 45 that have already been deployed. Of the 45 companies deployed, nearly a dozen have been stationed in Hyderabad and the rest in Seemandhra.
TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu announced an indefinite fast in New Delhi from Monday, while YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy would begin a hunger strike at his Lotus Pond residence here at 10.30 a.m. on Saturday.
Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy reviewed the law and order situation with Chief Secretary P.K. Mohanty, Director-General of Police B. Prasada Rao, Principal Secretary (Home) T.P. Das and senior police officers. He asked the police to handle the situation carefully.