Congress Working President and incumbent Kodangal MLA Revanth Reddy was arrested by the Telangana police in the early hours of Tuesday, hours before a scheduled meeting by caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao in the area. Scores of policemen descended on Revanth’s house in the town and visuals show that they broke open the door.
The police said that it was a preventive arrest on the orders of the Election Commission (EC) as Revanth had appealed to the people in his constituency to boycott the meeting by the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief and hold protests in the area. The arrest has triggered tension in the region as Revanth enjoys massive support.
The police have also beefed up security in the area to avoid any untoward incident. Speaking to reporters after his arrest, Revanth Reddy’s wife, Geetha, said, “This is an attack on the people of Kodangal. We are only making one appeal. It is an attack on Kodangal but we should not resort to violence. Let’s show the respect we have for Revanth Reddy, a son of Telangana, with our votes.”
Earlier this week, TRS General Secretary Sreenivas Reddy met Telangana CEO Rajat Kumar and accused Revanth Reddy of indulging in attempts to sabotage their party meeting.