Hyderabad: TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu was taken into preventive custody after he was allegedly attacked by the ruling YSRCP workers at the Vizag airport.
The incident occurred when TDP chief’s convoy was blocked by the YSRCP workers who were chanting "Go back …Go back Chandrababu Naidu" at the airport. YSRCP workers allegedly threw eggs, water bottles, and slippers at his car when he tried to leave the airport.
The TDP chief arrived at Vizag airport on Thursday as part of his state-wide Praja Chaitanya yatra.
Tensions gripped the airport when TDP supporters and YSRCP supporters came face to face. Police immediately swung into action and tried to pacify the situation.
Sources said cops asked Naidu to change the vehicle so that the situation could be brought under control. However, he refused and asked the police to control the situation rather than asking him to change the vehicle.
He was later taken into preventive custody for “his safety and security”. A notice under 151 CrPC was also served to Naidu before he was taken into custody
"Shoot me. Give me in writing, why are you arresting me. I have been the Chief Minister," Naidu told police.
Naidu also accused police of allowing hundreds of people into the airport and not doing enough to stop the attackers.
“The opposition has brought a paid crowd. They have paid Rs 500 to each of them. I kept mum even when eggs, slippers and water bottles were thrown at my car. They kept me waiting for hours. Under which law police are arresting a former chief minister and the opposition party leader?” he asked.
Leader of Opposition in the AP Assembly said many police officers did not wear ID cards which is mandatory under law. “Are they real policemen? Police should have cameras fitted with their uniforms”, he said
Accusing YSRCP workers of resorting to “Pulivendula politics”, he said people of Vizag will not succumb to their mechanizations. “People of Vizag are peace-loving want peace. That is why they elected Vjayalaxmi in 2014. I oppose these attacks. If the opposition leader is attacked, who will speak up?" Naidu added.