Vijayawada: The Vijayawada police registered a case against TDP MP Kesineni Srinivas (Nani) and 13 other TDP leaders for defying the COVID-19 lockdown.

According to the Two Town police, on 1 May Mr Srinivas and other party workers distributed essential items, including rice and vegetables, at the Gujjari Yellarao vegetable market in Vijayawada city, ignoring the lockdown norms.

“We have registered a case against Mr Srinivas under Sections 188, 269 and r/w 34 of the IPC,” said assistant commissioner of police, West Zone, adding, former AP police housing corporation chairman Nagul Meera and party activists N. Rama Rao, K. Malleswar Rao, P. Lokesh, G. Konda, D. Saidulu, K. Sambaiah, V. Ramana, Ch. Lakshmana Rao, and M. Bhaskar were among those booked.

Mr Srinivas, meanwhile, tweeted that false cases did not scare him and he would continue his services. “I will work with more enthusiasm and you can book more cases against me,” he tweeted. The TDP leaders alleged that some YSRCP leaders have been defying the lockdown orders and violating social distancing norms for their self-proclaimed programmes. They said the YSRCP was responsible for spreading Corona virus in Andhra Pradesh.

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