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PTI Hyderabad
Updated: 04-12-2018 13:30 IST

Telangana Congress Working

President A Revanth Reddy was taken into preventive custody

early Tuesday ahead of TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao's public

meeting in Kodangal assembly constituency.

He was arrested from his residence in Kodangal town of

Vikarabaddistrict, police said.

Revanth, the Congress candidate for Kodangal constituency

had called a protest rally and a bandh against Rao's

scheduled meeting at Kosigi in the assembly segment this

evening.

"He (Revanth) has been taken into preventive custody, in

view of apprehension of disturbance of public order and breach

of security," Additional Director General of Police (Law and

Order) Jitender told PTI.

"He will be released (later) during the day," the

official said.

Revanth's wife, Geeta accused the police of breaking open

the doors of their house and forcibly taking away her husband

to an "unknown location".

Many of his followers were also taken into custody from

different locations.

On Saturday night, police had carried out raids at the

Congress leader's residences following which he had given a

protest call.

Prohibitory orders have been imposed in Kodangal town to

prevent any untoward incidents in view of KCR's election

rally.

Earlier, some TRS leaders had lodged a complaint with

Telangana Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Rajat Kumar, alleging

that Revanth was threatening to disturb Rao's campaign,

following which instructions were issued to the police to

ensure smooth conduct of the meeting.

Meanwhile, Telangana Congress Chief Uttam Kumar Reddy

condemned the police action and alleged that the election

officials and police were behaving in a "partial manner".

He also sought to know about the status of the complaint

made to the Election Commission against TRS candidate of

Kondal segment, Narender Reddy with regard to alleged recovery

of cash from him last week.

In his reaction, Chevella MP Konda Vishweshwar Reddy, who

had recently joined Congress from TRS, termed the preventive

arrest as "murder of democracy," adding it exposes the panic

in TRSahead of the December 7 Assembly polls.

"People will not tolerate such autocratic behaviour and

will give a fitting reply by voting against the ruling party,"

Reddy said.

In September, the income tax department had conducted

searches at the residences of Revanth Reddy here.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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