Amaravati: TDP national president and former chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday flayed the YSRC government for 'defaming' Andhra Pradesh as a hostile state that ‘has used handcuffs on farmers to shift them to jail’.

Naidu said that when a state is being ruled by people accused in criminal cases then it is no wonder that innocent farmers being treated in such an inhuman way. In a statement, the TDP chief said that it was a violation of human rights to use handcuffs after cases against the farmers were withdrawn. “There was not a farmers' family that has not shed a tear in the past 17 months because of rising losses and debts and failure of crops. The ruling party was acting with a vengeance and subjecting the farmers to mental agony,” he said.

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Naidu accused the Jagan’s regime of implicating and filing false cases against the farmers who cultivate, give their sweat and blood to provide food for others. The farmers, who expressed dissent against forcible acquisition of their lands were persecuted and harassed, he said.

Meanwhile, TDP politburo member Varla Ramaiah wrote a letter to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) requesting it to take notice of the handcuffing incident.

Ramaiah termed the incident atrocious where peacefully demonstrating farmers at Amaravati were handcuffed as if they were criminals and terrorists. “The government and the police violated Article 19 of the Constitution. A case should be filed against the AP Government,” he had stated.

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