The opposition party YSR Congress, leader Jagan Mohan Reddy along with his party MPs Y Vijaysai Reddy, YV Subba Reddy and leader Ambati Rambabu were confined at the Visakhapatnam airport today evening. The YSRC leaders had arrived by a scheduled flight in the evening to take part in the candle light protest on the Vizag beach demanding grant of special category status to Andhra Pradesh.
YSR Congress leader Jagan Mohan Reddy and his companions were told by the police that no rally would be allowed on the beach road or anywhere in Visakhapatnam, as the Republic Day was being observed. Earlier Andhra Pradesh DGP N Sambasiva Rao, affirmed that no permission would be granted for any kind congregations in Visakhapatnam where Section 144 of CrPC is in force.
Jagan Mohan Reddy and his entourage was outraged at being detained and staged a sit-in on the apron at the Vizag airport in protest against the police plan. After a heated argument between Jagan and police officials, he was bought to the arrival area.
Earlier in the day, Vizag Police Commissioner T Yoganand announced that anyone who tried to stage a protest in the city in violation of the prohibitory orders would be arrested.”We will arrest Jagan or anyone,” he asserted. Prohibitory orders were clamped in a one-kilometer vicinity of the airport, 15-km away from the city, which prevented YSRC rank and file from reaching there to receive Jagan.
Several YSR Congress leaders were taken into preventive custody in the city, as they were heading for the Ramakrishna beach. Right from the morning, there was heavy deployment of the police, blocking entry to the beach road, and only the residents were allowed near the beach. Several youths and other activists were taken into preventive custody to foil the proposed protest rallies.