Prohibitory orders still in force at Garagaparru

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ELURU: Tense situation prevailed in Garagaparru village of Palakoderu mandal in West Godavari district on Sunday with police restricting the movement of the villagers and not allowing outsiders to visit the village as a precautionary measure.

On Sunday, to extend solidarity to Dalits of Garagaparru village, hundreds of people from various Dalit organisations and political parties tried to visit the village, but were prevented by police from entering the village citing prohibitory orders. It had led to push and pull situation between police and the activists at many places on the way to the village.

Following the ‘Chalo Garagaparru’ call given by Dalit Associations from the two Telugu States, police have blocked the Bhimavaram-Tadepalligudem road and did not allow any vehicle to enter Garagaparru village. Pickets were set up at Pippara, Yendagandi, Garagaparru and Gollalakoderu villages.

However, despite police restrictions, Dalit leaders from Forum for RTI and Samajwadi party Dalit association reached Gollalakoderu to enter into Garagaparru. The police stopped the leaders and workers at Gollalakoderu. Scuffle took place between the police and the Dalit leaders. However, police did not allow Dalit leaders to enter the village.

When police did not allow Congress leaders and former ministers S Sailajanath and K Murali and other leaders and stopped them at Yendagandi village, they staged sit in at the barricades for nearly one hour. Later, only the two former ministers were allowed to enter the village and meet the victims of the social boycott.