Vijayawada, Jan 7: Tension prevailed at Chinakakani village near toll plaza in Guntur district on Tuesday as the agitating farmers attacked the car of Macherla YSRCP MLA P Rama Krishna Reddy.
The farmers, who are agitating against the shifting of Andhra Pradesh capital city from Amaravati to Visakhapatnam, staged a Rasta Roko today. The agitating farmers blocked the ChennaiKolkata National highway at Chinakakani village.
At the same time, the YSRCP MLA Rama Krishna Reddy was going towards Vijayawada in his car. On noticing him, the irate mob pelted stones on his car smashing the rear side windscreens of the vehicle and beaten up his gun man.
The police prevented the agitators from reaching the MLA who was in the car. The agitators and police jostled for some time leading to a tense situation.
The agitators holding black flags staged rasta roko on the busy road raising slogans against the YSRCP government proposal of shifting capital city from Amaravati to Visakhpatnam.
Minister for Education Adimulapu Suresh also struck in the traffic in the same area. However, the police sent him back on a motorcycle by wearing a helmet. The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the agitating farmers gave a call for Rasta Roko today. Following the road blockadem hundreds of vehicles got stranded on either side of the busy Chennai-Kolkata highway for more than two hours.
However, the police pacified the agitators and vehicular traffic was restored. Former Minister and TDP MLC N Lokesh, MLA Rama Naidu and former Minister Kollu Ravindra were arrested at Benz Circle here when they were going to Chinakakani to participate in the road blockade.
The police took the TDP leaders to Totlavalluru police station. South ACP Suryachandra Rao told media that the TDP leaders were taken into preventive custody as a precautionary measure when they were going to participate in the Rasta Roko.
Meanwhile, TDP MLA Gadde Rammohan Rao ended his 24-hour long fast this morning on the capital shifting issue. The agitation of farmers of 29 villages in the capital region protesting against the shifting of capital city from Amaravati to Visakhapatnam entered the 21st day today. (UNI)