Kapu quota stir: Mob burns down police station

Tuni: Protesters from Kapu community, who are demanding inclusion into the backward class, set a police station on fire in Tuni city of Andhra Pradesh’s East Godavari district.

Kapu protestors set ablaze a few police vehicles as well. Pic/PTI
Kapu protestors set ablaze a few police vehicles as well. Pic/PTI

The protestors had also burnt two coaches of Ratnachal Express, which had led to disruption in train services on the route. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu held an emergency meeting with senior officials in Vijayawada last night to discuss the stir by Kapu community members, who turned violent injuring 15 police officials and 5 others.

He said a Judicial Commission had already been constituted for this purpose. Before the 2014 state elections, Naidu had promised that he would ensure OBC status to Kapus if he became chief minister. Meanwhile, Kapu leader Mudragada Padmanabham yesterday threatened to sit on an indefinite fast.

“I will continue the indefinite fast even if I am put in jail. The government is conspiring to create a terrible atmosphere and to defame Kapu community,” he told reporters at his hometown in East Godavari.

Reinforcements sent
Elaborate security arrangements were made yesterday and reinforcements sent to East Godavari district. Senior cops, who rushed to Tuni, and took stock of the situation.

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