Madigas’ bid to obstruct PM’s convoy foiled

Express News ServiceFirst Published : 02 Sep 2010 04:12:31 AM ISTLast Updated :

TIRUPATI: Police resorted to a lathicharge to disperse a group of
Madiga Students Federation (MSF) activists to prevent them from
disrupting the Prime Minister’s convoy to Tirumala today.

The students led by Chittaranjan, mingled with the public standing at
the Town Club circle to have a glimpse of the Prime Minister. They
suddenly hurled pamphlets at the motorcade and raised slogans in
support of SC categorisation taking the police by surprise. The police
resorted to lathicharge to disperse them.

Some of the pamphlets landed on the vehicles in the convoy, which
proceeded to Tirumala without any obstacle.

Chittaranjan was taken into custody while others managed to gave the
slip to the police.

According to sources, the activists, including Chittaranjan, were
mostly from Anantapur district and some from other places in Chittoor
district. The Prime Minister entourage was on its way to Tirumala
after he landed at the helipad on the Veterinary University grounds
around 12:50 p.m.

MRPS leader Giridhar Madiga urged the police to release the detained
MSF activist and not file any cases against them.

Police officials are tightlipped as to whether cases were registered or not.


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