The West Godavari police launched a massive hunt for former TDP MLA (Denduluru constituency) and whip Chintamaneni Prabhakar, following his failure to appear before a court in Eluru a couple of days back.
According to the police, there are about 50 cases against him. Mr. Prabhakar had been absconding for the last nine days. On August 29, 2019, a complaint was lodged against him under the SC/ST Atrocities Act, for allegedly attacking one Cheraku Joseph of Pedavagi Mandal. High drama prevailed on the day as police teams were deployed at the courthouse, and across the district to arrest the former MLA. The alleged attack took place on August 30, when TDP leaders were protesting the state government’s new sand policy.
Earlier, Chintamaneni was detained but, later, he managed to escape from police. He was also able to evade the police for four more days. Meanwhile, the authorities were tipped off that he would likely be surrendering himself in a court on the day. So, the cops, in plain clothes, were deployed at the district court and other prominent public places. Later, the police received information that Chintamaneni was in a car at Asram General & Super Speciality Hospital. However, it was later found that the vehicle belonged to a relative of Minister Kodali Venkateswara Rao.
Navdeep Singh Grewal, SP, said a search had been launched to arrest him. Cases had been registered against Mr. Prabhakar for attacking a police officer at Nidadavole in West Godavari and for thrashing a police constable in Vijayawada. He was also booked for allegedly attacking Musunuru tahsildar D. Vanajakshi in Krishna district, when she tried to stop illegal sand mining in 2015.
Another case had been filed for attacking Forest department personnel at the Atapaka Bird Sanctuary in Krishna district, when they tried to prevent the villagers from laying road in the sanctuary, violating the norms.