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Violence in Andhra as Kapus launch stir for quota

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  1 Feb 2016 12:00 AM GMT

Visakhapatm, Jan 31: Violence broke out in Andhra Pradesh’s East Godavari district on Sunday as thousands of protestors from Kapu caste set afire a train and blocked rail and road traffic, police said.

The protestors also set afire a police station in Tuni, a town in East Godavari district, about 100 km from Visakhapatm.

All trains between Vijayawada and Visakhapatm and the vehicular traffic on Cheni-Kolkata tiol highway came to a halt as thousands of protestors squatted on the tracks and the highway.

The violence broke out around 3 p.m. during a massive public meeting organized by Kapu State Committee at Tuni to demand the government to include Kapus in the backward classes list and provide them reservation. Kapu leaders declared that they will not leave tracks and highways till the government issues an order to meet their demand.

Soon the protestors marched towards the track and stopped Visakhapatm-Vijayawada Ratchal Express near Tuni railway station. They attacked the engine and set afire eight bogies after ordering passengers to get down.

A railway official said no one was injured in the incident but the passengers including women and children ran in panic.

The protestors later attacked Tuni railway station and ransacked the furniture. Four railway employees were injured.

The agitators also set afire Tuni rural police station. Five policemen were injured in the stone pelting.

Dozens of trains were stopped at various stations in coastal Andhra due to the violence and the presence of protestors on the track.

With situation going out of control, additiol forces were rushed to the region. Chief Minister N. Chandrababu idu called an emergency meeting of his cabinet colleagues and top officials in Vijayawada.

Trouble began soon after M. Padmabham, a senior leader Kapu leader, announced at the public meeting that they will not tolerate any further delay. (IANS)

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