Siddipet: A high voltage drama was witnessed at Siddipet town on Monday when police raided the residences of the kins of BJP candidate for Dubbaka constituency M Raghunandan Rao.
As election officials were busy conducting searches at the residences, hundreds of BJP activities from different parts of the district gathered outside raising slogans against the police and the state government. BJP activists alleged that police planted the money in the houses of Raghunandan Rao’s relatives.
Sensing trouble, BJP state president and Karimnagar MP Bandi Sanjay Kumar also rushed to Siddipet. Amidst protests and sloganeering against the police and the state government, Sanjay tried to enter Siddipet. But he was intercepted on the outskirts and detained. He was later shifted to Siddipet I town police station.
BJP on Tuesday said that Bandi Sanjay was not involved in any unruly protest, “If the police had any grounds for his arrest, they could have done it without having to use brute force. The videos in the mainstream and social media clearly show unwarranted and unacceptable excessive force being used by police,” said K. Krishna Saagar Rao, Spokesperson, Telangana BJP.
BJP also asked that if State Election Commission has become a puppet in the hands of KCR's Government. “Is Telangana police acting independently or with the permission of SEC, as mandated during the enforcement of election code? How can police raids override the rights of candidate's family members and restrain them from making even phone calls? Are the police working for SEC or TRS party? Who are they trying to appease ?” said K Krishna Saagar Rao.
The high drama began at around 2 pm on Monday when men in plainclothes launched a search operation at Lecturers’ Colony in Siddipet town. Raghunandan Rao, who was campaigning in Dubbaka, cancelled his programs and rushed to Siddipet town.
As the searches continued, Raghunandan Rao alleged that the men in plainclothes did not show any warrant or orders from the magistrate or the election commission.
Soon, videos of cops holding parcels, alleged to be bundles of cash, went viral. BJP said cash was brought in by the police personnel, with an intention to plant it in the house of Raghunandan Rao.
A few party workers tried to confront the police personnel leading to a commotion. Videos showed some workers snatching money from the cops and showing it to the public outside. They were shouting that police brought money to plant in their houses.
Later former MPs G Vivek and Jitender Reddy arrived at Siddipet to support Raghunandan Rao. BJP members said police resorted to lathi-charge when former MPs arrived at the scene.