Monday, January 30, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Statues: Main accused surrenders, Dalit leaders held

Statues: Main accused surrenders, Dalit leaders held
PTI | 10:01 PM,Jan 29,2012

Rajahmundry (AP), Jan 29 (PTI) Gandham Pallam Raju, the main accused
in the desecration of statues of B R Ambedkar in East Godavari, today
surrendderd here even as police foiled attempts by dalit leaders to
stage protest against the incidents and arrested scores of people from
the community. Gandham Pallam Raju, allegedly involved in the
desecration of the statues, surrendered before the district police
here, police said. Raju was also wanted in connection with a case
pertaining to the attack on Tollywood actor Rajasekhar and his wife
Jeevitha while they were shooting in Amlapuram division around six
months back among other cases. A manhunt has been launched to nab the
eight other accused who are believed to have been involved in defiling
the statues, police said. With the arrest of Raju, the number of
persons arrested in connection with the incident has gone up to four.
Meanwhile, the attempt of dalit leaders and members of the community
to hold demonstrations and rasta-rokos in protest against the arrest
of their leaders was foiled by police. Jupudi Prabahkar Rao,
Gollapalli Surya Rao, Bojja Tharakam and K Nirmala Kumari were among
others who were arrested by police near Buddha Bhavan Vihar here when
they were heading towards Amlapuram in East Godavari district to
attend the meeting organised in the backdrop of defiling of the five
figures of the dalit icon on January 23. Condemning the arrest of V
Durga Babu (20), K Anji Babu (19) and M Anil (19) yesterday in
connection with the desecration incident, the dalit leaders today
alleged the police had targeted innocent persons. "We are organising
the meeting to discuss the reasons for desecration of the statues and
not for other things," they said. According to police, the accused
arrested in connection with defiling the statues have said that they
committed the act under the influence of alcohol. Security has been
beefed up in the district following arrest of the dalit leaders. In a
related development, MLC K Durgesh today launched an indefinite fast
in Rajahmundry demanding arrest of the "real" culprits.

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