Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief and former chief minister of Andhra Pradesh N Chandrababu Naidu was detained and put under preventive detention while he along with his party workers were set to take out ‘Chalo Atmakur’ rally on Wednesday.
According to reports, Naidu sat on a hunger strike at around 8 am to protest against the house arrest and will continue his strike till 8 pm.
“This is the darkest day in democracy. Never seen a fascist regime. Thousands of house arrests are abusive. The state has become a ravanakshi from the close of the YCP government. No threats to government. We will fight for justice for the victims,” Naidu tweeted in Telugu.
“#ChaloAtmakur Continues. TDP protests continue. Rehabilitation camp continues. TDP fight does not stop until the victims get justice,” the former CM added in another tweet.
Nara Lokesh, Naidu’s son was also put under preventive detention at their residence, after his party workers clashed with the police.
Many TDP leaders and workers were also taken into preventive custody, while they were on their way to Naidu’s residence.
Police said that TDP did not receive any permission to take out ‘Chalo Atmakur’ rally.
“I am warning the government and the police that they cannot play this type of politics and cannot arrest us like this and they cannot control us by putting us under house arrest. This government is violating human and fundamental rights,” Naidu said earlier.
Local administration has also Imposed Section 144 in Narasaraopeta, Sattenapalle, Palnadu and Gurajala, after TDP called for the protest against alleged intimidation by the ruling YSRCP government.
TDP has accused the ruling government of killing as many as eight party workers and injuring many.
Reports also suggest that the ruling YSRCP has planned a counter-protest against the violence unleashed by the previous govt led by Naidu.
In this political clash, Palnadu has been the worst affected region, where YSRCP has asked people to come forward and share their complaints of violence.