TDP chief Naidu refuses to take bail, sits on dharna

TDP chief was arrested in Nanded for violating prohibitory orders, RR Patil said.

Updated: Jul 17, 2010, 00:32 AM IST

New Delhi: Former Andhra Pradesh chief
minister and TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu, who was today
arrested by Maharashtra Police for allegedly violating
prohibitory orders in Nanded district, refused to take bail.

Naidu was arrested along with five MPs and seven MLAs
of his party when they tried to reach Babhli project in
Maharashtra, Home Minister R R Patil told the Legislative

The TDP chief, who was taken to Industrial Training
Institute in Dharmabad, the AP-Maharashtra border town, sat on
a dharna after refusing to take bail, police said.

While Naidu was detained in the Dharmabad police station,
his party MPs, MLAs and MLCs were detained in the government
Industrial Training Institution (ITI).

After refusing to take bail he sat on a dharna at the
ITI campus along with his party activists detained there.
Additional police force has been deployed at the ITI as
tension prevailed following Naidu`s refusal for bail,
authorities said.

Nanded District Collector Ajay Gulhane imposed prohibitory
orders in Babhli project premises, but Naidu and his activists
entered the premises, around 3.15 pm, in about 20 to 25 cars
and jeeps and violated the orders.

They broke down the barricades in their attempt to enter
the project premises.

Naidu demanded that the administration should permit him
to see the present situation at the project site. They shouted
slogans in Telugu against Maharashtra for "using extra water."

Prior to that, the TDP men staged a protest in Bidrai
village of the Dharmabad tehsil.

Around 1,000 police personal including senior police
officers were present when Naidu was arrested. Even an SRP
battalion was pressed into service.

Citing possible law and order problems, Maharashtra
Chief Minister Ashok Chavan last night telephoned his Andhra
Pradesh counterpart K Rosaiah requesting him to deter Naidu
and other leaders from undertaking a bus yatra to the project
site, but this request was outrightly turned down.