BJP ups the ante, looks for Amit Shah’s intervention
Police foil celebration’s ‘Ramateertham Yatra’ for the 2nd time pointing out prohibitory orders
Police foil party’s ‘Ramateertham Yatra’ for the 2nd time pointing out prohibitory orders
With the police foiling its second attempt to go to Ramateertham in the district, where an idol of Lord Rama was desecrated 10 days earlier, the State BJP on Thursday took the issue to the notice of Union Home Minister Amit Shah and looked for an inquiry into the federal government’s “high-handed behaviour.”
Celebration State president Somu Veerraju, Rajya Sabha member G.V.L. Narasimha Rao, MLC P.V.N. Madhav, and senior leader P. Sanyasi Raju were detained at different places and prevented from securing their proposed ‘Ramateertha Yatra’.
The authorities foiled the yatra at the Ramateertham junction, situated about 12 km from the district headquarters.
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Annoyed at the forcible arrests, Mr. Narasimha Rao talked to Mr. Amit Shah and sought his intervention. He likewise sought an inquiry into the denial of approval by the cops only to the BJP, while the leaders of the YSRCP and the TDP had been allowed to go to the temple not long after the occurrence.
There was high drama right from the early hours of the day with numerous leaders and activists getting here from Visakhapatnam and Srikakulam districts in spite of heavy release of police forces and barricading on the inter-district borders.
A few of the leaders and activists had reached Ramateertham on Wednesday night itself.
The yatra is aimed at exposing the government’s “failure” in tracing the perpetrators who had desecrated the idol at the historic temple believed to have been built in the 16 th century.
‘ Rude behaviour’
In their attempt to prevent the arrest of Mr. Veerraju, senior party leaders such as former MLA Gadde Babu Rao, N. Eswara Rao, and T. Harinath stood around him. Mr. Veerraju too resisted his arrest and deplored what he called the rude behaviour of the authorities.
The authorities later moved the leaders to a private visitor house and released them at around 5 p.m.
Earlier, Visakhapatnam Range Deputy Inspector General L.K.V. Ranga Rao and Vizianagaram Superintendent of Authorities B. Rajakumari made it clear that no procession would be enabled in the district given that Section 30 was in force. They stated that it would be in force till more orders to make sure peace and law and order.
On The Other Hand, the CID team that is continuing its examination into the concern is enthusiastic of catching the perpetrators soon.
Authorities of the Endowments Department went to the temple to study the actions to be taken to intensify security and carry out developmental activities there.
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