Visakhapatnam: Vizag city police have blocked all the roads leading to the beach area after TDP called for a 'Chalo Rushikonda' march against alleged illegal constructions. Many protesting TDP leaders were also arrested.
Students of two Engineering colleges in the Rushikonda have been asked to return home. People working in the area are only allowed after showing their ID cards. All the shops located in Rushikonda have been asked to close today. Rushikonda beach has also been shut for tourists. The area has been sealed off and vehicle checks are underway at Tagarapuvalasa highway.
Ever since the government called for tenders for the construction of a guest house on the hill, TDP has demanded to stop the construction of illegal buildings. It is said that the government-owned Haritha Guest House is in dilapidated condition. The government is building another guest house.
TDP leaders arrested
Many TDP leaders who made their way to the Rushikonda were put under house detention. Around 700-800 police have been deployed to stop the entry of leaders. TDP leaders including Velagapudi Ramakrishna, Palla Srinivasa Rao, MLC Rama Rao, and corporators were placed under house arrest.
TDP leader Vangalpudi Anitha, who was on her way to the party office, was also stopped. "The government is disturbing the privacy of our family members. I will file a petition in the court", said Anitha.
అక్రమాలు జరగకపోతే భయం ఎందుకు?రుషికొండకు వెళ్తుంటే అడ్డగింతలు ఎందుకు ?#PalacePilli#JaganPaniAyipoyindhi #JaganFailedCM pic.twitter.com/LtEFqmX5ap— Telugu Desam Party (@JaiTDP) October 28, 2022
అక్రమాలు జరగకపోతే భయం ఎందుకు?రుషికొండకు వెళ్తుంటే అడ్డగింతలు ఎందుకు ?#PalacePilli#JaganPaniAyipoyindhi #JaganFailedCM pic.twitter.com/LtEFqmX5ap
"Section 30 of the Police Act is in force in the city. No rallies/ protests are allowed till 31 October. We will not allow any dharna. If violated we will immediately take action", said police.
Vijayawada police also arrested TDP leader Buddha Venkanna who was planning to visit Visakhapatnam. He began a hunger strike at his residence on Thursday night. "Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy is grabbing land in North Andhra Pradesh for his own benefit. Why are the police arresting us? They haven't given any notice either", Buddha Venkanna said.
He said he would continue the hunger strike until the police allowed him to visit Visakhapatnam to be part of Chalo Rushikonda.