Telangana Congress Working
President A Revanth Reddy, who had given a bandh call to
protest against TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao's public meeting
in Kodangal assembly constituency, was taken into preventive
custody early Tuesday.
"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," he said.
He was picked up from his residence in Kodangal town of
Vikarabad district early this morning, police said.
Revanth, the Congress candidate for Kodangal constituency
had called for a shutdown to protest against Rao's scheduled
meeting at Kosigi in the assembly segment this evening.
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.
The incident drew sharp criticism from Congress which
alleged that the caretaker chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao
was acting like a CM of a state "under emergency."
"The caretaker chief minister (KCR) is showing authority
more than a regular chief minister. We are condemning the
Though he is only a caretaker chief minister, he is
performing duties as though it (state) was under emergency,"
AICC spokesperson S Jaipal Reddy told reporters here.
AICC In charge of Telangana RC Khuntia, who was present
at the press meet said Rao was afraid of Congress leaders and
foisted false cases against them.
"He (Rao) is creating an emergency like situation in the
state. We are going to file case with the Election Commission
on the incident," he said.
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
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.
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
Kondangal segment, Narender Reddy with regard to alleged
recovery of cash from him last week.
"Highly condemnable that Telangana Police arrested
Congress Working President & Kodangal MLA Revanth Reddy at 3am
today. This is what happens when you question Govt. for not
implementing promises," TPCC said in a tweet.
In his reaction, Chevella MP Konda Vishweshwar Reddy, who
had recently joined Congress from TRS, termed the preventive
detention as "murder of democracy," adding it exposes the
panic in TRS ahead 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,"
In September, the income tax department had conducted
searches at the residences of Revanth Reddy here.
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