Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) Working President, A Revanth Reddy- party’s candidate from Kodangal- was released hours after Vikarabad police on Tuesday morning, December 4, took him into preventive custody.
Earlier, in the day, Reddy was detained from his residence in Kodangal just a few hours before the scheduled rally of caretaker Chief Minister and Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) supremo K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) in the same area.
Congress leader D K Shivakumar posted a video in which geared-up policemen can be seen entering forcefully in Reddy’s Kodangal house.
The police took action against Reddy after the Congress leader reportedly called for a bandh to disrupt the caretaker Chief Minister and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) supremo K. Chandrashekhar Rao’s election meeting at Kodangal, slated to be held at 3 p.m.
The Chief Electoral Officer in Telangana, Rajat Kumar, directed the police to take action against Reddy and submit a detailed report on the issue.
Geetha Reddy, Revanth Reddy’s wife, alleged that the police broke open the main door to enter the house and took Reddy into custody. “No notice was served on him either before or after his arrest, mandatory according to the law. The said detention of the police was illegal, highly objectionable and unconstitutional,” stated her letter.
Prior to Reddy’s detention, the police imposed orders under Section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) in the Kodangal, which prohibits the assembly of more than four people in the area.