(G.N.S) dt. 5
Andhra Pradesh police arrested BJP leaders including state president Somu Veerraju while tried to climb the Ramateertham hill even as police denied them permission.
BJP leader Veerraju strongly condemned police curbs all along Visakhapatnam-Vizianagaram-Ramateetham route, where the BJP and Jana Sena planned Ramateertha yatra to deplore the inordinate delay in identifying culprits involved in vandalism of Lord Rama’s idol of Sri Kodandarama Swamy temple, located 12 km away from Fort City.
In spite of deployment of heavy security and restrictions, along with MLC PVN Madhav, Mr.Veerraju reached Ramateertham village but could not permission to climb the hill.
After a tussle with the cops, they were arrested along with many BJP leaders including Nadukuditi Eswara Rao, Baggam Rajesh and others.Speaking to media before the arrest, Mr.Veerraju questioned that the government over his detention in spite of having prior permission.
“The government allowed TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu and YSRCP MP K.Vijayasai Reddy. But it has prevented our tour. The government is adopting double standards,” he added. Mr.Veerraju sought the immediate resignation of Minister for Endowments Vellampalli Srinivasa Rao who ‘failed’ protect temples in Andhra Pradesh.
“All the Hindu religion followers were shocked with the incident at historic Ramateertham temple. That is why, the party is very keen for the immediate arrest of the culprits. It is the failure of the government to nab them although the incident took place eight days ago,” said Mr.Veerraju.