Kapu community stokes quota flame, sets train bogies and police stations on fire
Kakinada : Kapu community stoked the quota issue and raked it up into violent protest by setting ablaze half a dozen of train bogies and a couple of police stations on fire. The event took place on Sunday as, an agitation by the Kapu community for quotas in government jobs and educational institutions in Andhra Pradesh turned violent, resulting in agitators setting fire to two police stations and at least six compartments of a train in East Godavari district. This was a follow-through support initiative, rendered to a Kapu Leader — ex-Minister Mudragada Padmanabham, who, instigated the large crowd of people, attending a Kapu ‘Garjana’ meet at V Kottur village. The Leader motivated the gathering to revolt against the present scenario and go ahead with agitation using tools such as block of roads and railway lines. The call was laden with adamance, as Kapu supporters were asked to stay firm on their agitation until the AP government issued orders to include Kapus in the backward class list.
A human-chain of Kapu community volunteers gathered at the national highway with violence on their mind. Thousands of people blocked traffic on the Chennai-Kolkata national highway and also brought rail traffic to a grinding halt. The protesters clashed with police personnel injuring ifteen of them. They also damaged 25 police vehicles.
Police was unawares of the strong agitation-builtup, and, the large crowd demanded for additional police forces, which were immediately pooled in from nearby areas and rushed to East Godavari.
Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu convened an emergency meeting with his cabinet colleagues in Vijayawada to take stock of the situation.
Late Sunday night, Padmanabham called off the blockade, with the caveat that he would launch an indefinite fast if the government did not comply with their demands.