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Andhra Pradesh: Chandrababu Naidu, son put under house arrest ahead of protest rally in Guntur

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11th September, 2019 11:15 IST

Former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and his son Nara Lokesh were put under house arrest on Wednesday morning ahead of a planned protest rally in Guntur district, PTI reported. The Telugu Desam Party’s rally was called to protest against alleged attacks by workers of the ruling YSR Congress Party. The attacks had allegedly forced hundreds of families to flee villages.

Naidu wanted to lead people belonging to Palnadu region of the district to a village called Atmakur. The “Chalo Atmakur” rally was expected to see the participation of members of families that had fled their villages. Several families have recently arrived at the Telugu Desam Party headquarters in Guntur, claiming they were forced to flee, The Indian Express reported.

The YSR Congress Party also called a counter-rally. However, police denied permission to both parties and imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code in the Palnadu region. The section prohibits the assembly of four or more people. A large police force was deployed in Atmakur and Palnadu.

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