VIJAYAWADA: The protest against the YSR Congress government’s proposal to shift the political capital from Amaravati to Visakhapatnam has spiralled with one Mohammed Jani attempting suicide on Saturday.
Jani, who was taken into custody in connection with the attack on the car of Macherla MLA Pinnelli Ramakrishna Reddy on January 7, tried to immolate by pouring petrol onto himself. However, the farmers prevented him from setting himself ablaze, said a Times of India report.
Another farmer in the region, Nandipati Gopalarao, died of cardiac arrest at Velagapudi on Saturday. Gopalarao had given half-an-acre of land to the government under its land pooling scheme (LPS). Family members said he had been depressed over the government’s move to shift the capital.
Farmers, whose land was acquired by the government for the capital, have been staging protest against the proposed capital shift for the last 25 days.
At Mandadam and Thulluru, heated arguments between the police and locals turned violent with police forcefully restricting people from coming out onto the roads and erecting tents. In the altercation that ensued, one Ramanamma fractured her hand.
Thirty farmers were arrested in Mandadam and shifted them to Kollipara police station. At Thulluru, after police denied locals permission to erect tents on the road, tents were set up on private land where protesters raised slogans against the state government.
TOI reported that police attempted to conduct raids at a few houses in Velagapudi in search of persons involved in the attack on Pinnelli Ramakrishna Reddy’s car but returned after locals refused to let police enter without a search warrant.
Minister of municipal administration Botcha Satyanarayana said every promise made by the previous government to the farmers will be fulfilled. Speaking to farmers from the region who met him in Vijayawada on Saturday, Botcha said the government will ensure justice is done.
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