Vijayawada: The entire Capital region had to face turbulent weather even as uneasy tension prevailed on the first day of ‘Sakala janula samme’ as the police had served notices to 15 farmers and agriculture labourers of Velagapudi and Malkapuram villages. They were staging protests over the proposed shifting of the capital city to Visakhapatnam.
They were asked to appear before Chilakaluripet Rural police station by Friday evening. Cases were booked against them under Sections 307 and seven other sections of the Indian Penal code.
Meanwhile, all shops and business establishments did not open shutters as a precautionary measure and following the diktat of the protesting farmers. However, they exempted medical shops and hospitals from participation in Mandadam and Velagapudi villages but stopped RTC buses at Mandadaml.
There were farmers also gave roses to the police as a sign of ‘Gandhigiri’ and even cleaned the glasses of the buses as a part of their protest.
It may be noted that TDP Chief N Chandrababu Naidu has questioned the DGP as to who gave them powers to register cases of attempt to murder on the agitating farmers.