Bhabli: Naidu`s judicial custody extended till July 26
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Last Updated: Tuesday, July 20, 2010, 00:03
  
Hyderabad/Mumbai: The Babhli barrage issue intensified today with the Maharashtra government refusing to allow Chandrababu Naidu to visit the site even as the judicial custody of the TDP chief and 74 others was extended till July 26 after they declined to accept bail.

"The former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and his delegation would not be allowed to visit the Babhli barrage," Chief Minister Ashok Chavan said in Mumbai after a high-level meeting held at Mantralaya to review the situation ahead ofthe Nanded bandh tomorrow.

The bandh call has been given by the Babhli Kriti Sangarsh Samiti demanding immediate shifting of Naidu from Dharmabad viewing his presence as a threat to law and order situation there.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah had yesterday urged Chavan to let the Telugu Desam Party team led by Naidu to visit the controversial Babhli barrage.

Naidu refused to budge from his stand saying he will not return to Andhra Pradesh unless he was allowed to visit the Babhli project site.

Naidu and the 74 TDP activists were arrested on July 16 for violating prohibitory orders when they sought to visit the Babhli project site on river Godavari.

TDP alleges that the project being built 'illegally' by the Maharashtra government is detrimental to the interests of Telangana region.

The Nanded magistrate extended the period of judicial custody of Naidu and others till July 26 after they refused to accept bail while insisting that they be allowed to visit the site.

The Babhli barrage issue rocked the Maharashtra Legislature today with both Houses being adjourned for the day without transacting any business after protests over Naidu allegedly "politicising" the issue.

As soon as the Assembly met after a weekend recess, opposition members trooped into the Well holding placards demanding that Naidu be sent back to his state.

Rail and road services were disrupted in Andhra Pradesh due to TDP-spearheaded bandh to protest the arrest of Naidu, who began a hunger strike to protest against Maharashtra government stopping him from visiting the site.

TDP Rajya Sabha member Nandamuri Harikrishna was taken into custody near the AP-Maharashtra border when he tried to proceed to Dharmabad to meet Naidu and other partymen.

Several TDP, CPI and CPM leaders were also detained as they staged rail and road blockades in various parts of Andhra Pradesh.

Sporting black badges, TDP leaders garlanded the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the Dharmabad ITI premises before launching the fast.

The bandh drew mixed response as businesses remained closed in various parts of AP while in Hyderabad party workers damaged some RTC buses.

At Narsapur in Medak district, TDP workers took out a 'funeral procession' with the effigy of Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan to register their protest.

In Vijayawada and Warangal too several TDP supporters were arrested for stopping trains.

At Ghanpur station in Warangal district, TDP workers stopped the Secunderabad-bound Golconda Express for a few minutes while at Gadwal in Mahbubnagar district, the Tungabhadra Express was detained by the protestors.

Official sources said Naidu may be shifted to Ahmednagar central jail and other TDP leaders including MPs and MLAs to Nashik and Aurangabad central jails respectively.

-PTI


First Published: Tuesday, July 20, 2010, 00:03


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