Firebrand Congress leader of Telangana Anumula Revanth Reddy was arrested in the early morning of Tuesday by the Telangana police.
He was taken into custody from his residence in Kodangal of Vikarabad district. It is learnt that his arrest was a move by police ahead of caretaker chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s election rally in Kodangal.
The police said that it was a preventive arrest under the direction of the Election Commission (EC) to avoid untoward incidents. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is expected to address a rally on Tuesday evening at Kodangal.
Reddy, who is contesting as a Congress candidate from Kodangal assembly constituency, had earlier called for a shutdown in the town to protest the alleged police raids on his associates in the town to search for unaccounted money. He also threatened to stall the chief minister’s visit to the town.
The police also took his brothers, gunmen and even the watchman of his house into custody. But the gunmen and watchman were later let off at Parigi, about 30km from Kodangal. Unconfirmed reports said Reddy had been taken to Shamshabad police station on the outskirts of Hyderabad.
Explaining the incident, Reddy’s wife Geetha said that the police had broken the front door of their house at around 3am and forcibly took him away without even giving him a chance to change.
Local TRS leaders led by party candidate P Narender Reddy on Monday lodged a complaint with Telangana chief electoral officer Rajat Kumar and director general of police Mahendar Reddy, alleging Reddy was trying to instigate people and create law and order problems during the chief minister’s meeting.
Following instructions from the Election Commission, the police imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) on Monday and Tuesday. The election Telangana will be held on December 7 and votes will be counted on December 11.