PM visit: Naidu, TDP workers taken into preventive custody

TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu and scores of party workers were on Tuesday taken into preventive custody after they tried to hold demonstration near Begumpet airport on not being allowed to meet PM Manmohan Singh here.

Last Updated: Oct 19, 2010, 19:27 PM IST

Hyderabad: Telugu Desam Party President N Chandrababu Naidu and scores of party workers were on Tuesday taken into preventive custody after they tried to hold demonstration near Begumpet airport on not being allowed to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here.
The TDP workers, who wanted to apprise the Prime Minister
of the problems faced by microfinance institutions and farmers
of the state, shouted anti-government slogans and held dharna.
Naidu too joined them in their protests.

However, police intervened and stopped the TDP chief from
staging the demonstration and put the protestors into vans
even as the activists indulged in heated arguments with the
police.

"In democracy, everyone has a right to meet the Prime
Minister," Naidu, who was not allowed to meet the PM later
taken into custody, said.
Condemning the police action, he said, "It is the
responsibility of Chief Minister K Rosaiah to take all party
representation to the Prime Minister" and warned of
intensifying the agitation across the state.

Naidu, along with other TDP leaders and activists, were
later taken to Amberpet Police station.

PTI