- Shaiber Raichur
Several TDP leaders were arrested during the day-long shutdown on October 20 in Andhra Pradesh
The leaders of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) were arrested across Andhra Pradesh on October 20 as the day-long shutdown called by the opposition party was underway. The shutdown was announced to protest against the attacks on its offices. On October 20 in the early hours of the day, the police officials arrested several top leaders of the party and placed them under house arrest to prevent them from coming out and attending the protests. During the protest, several leaders were seen on the streets who tried to enforce the shutdown.
Earlier, on October 19 the TDP's central office at Mangalagiri and party offices in some other parts of the state were attacked by the supporters of the ruling YSR Congress Party (YSRCP), the protesters were angry as TDP spokesman Pattabhi Ram used some abusive words against Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao. Whereas, Pattabhi Ram's house in Vijayawada was also attacked by the protestors.
The protesters were seen holding party flags and raising slogans against the government, whereas the TDP leaders and workers hit the streets in all the districts and tried to stop the buses of state-owned Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) from plying. The APSRTC services were disturbed which caused issues for the commuters. The former Minister Bandaru Satyanarayana Murthy and Palla Srinivas Rao were placed under house arrest in Visakhapatnam. Protesting party leaders and workers were also arrested at various places in the district.
Due to this shutdown and protest tension prevailed at the residence of former minister Nakka Anand Babu in Guntur where the police officials stopped him from leaving his residence. There was a heated argument between the TDP leaders and the police due to this protest.