Guns and knives: What actually happened in Nandyal after bypoll?


A day after the Nandyal bypoll, Telugu Desham Party leader Abhiruchi Madhu and YSR Congress Party leader Silpa Chakrapani Reddy engaged in brawl in broad daylight in public. Nandyal on Thursday morning witnessed firing in air, attacks with knife and stone pelting.

As the incident unfolds, Chakrapani followers visited a counsellor’s house after her husband expired. At the same time TDP leader Abhiruchi Madhu reached the place to console the family of the deceased. His car was blocking the way, so Chakrapani’s followers asked him to tow away the vehicle. Some of the YSRCP followers started using cuss words and pelted stones on Madhu’s car. Consequently, TDP leader’s gunman Bhoopal fired five rounds in air. Following the shots, the groups dispersed allowing Madhu to escape from the location.

In a short span of time, upon reaching Suraj Grand hotel, the two groups locked horns again. Madhu with a knife (used to chop coconuts) in his hand, tried to pelt stones and attack Chakrapani. YSRCP followers also revolted and started attacking with stones. A confrontational situation was witnessed at the hotel road. Police who reached the spot, took away the knife from Madhu and helped him leave the place. Police chased away the YSRCP groups and the situation was brought under control

Meanwhile Madhu lodged a complaint in two town police station stating that Chakrapani, Jagadeeshwar Reddy and one other person attempted to kill him by efficiently planning attack on his car. The police registered the complaint.

YSRCP side says that Madhu intentional put his car to block their way. They accused the TDP leader of having several cases registered against him and that he is a rowdy. They alleged that TDP was trying to bring back faction politics in Nandyal again. Later YSRCP leaders also lodged a complaint in the police station.

High alert was announced by the police in Nandyal.

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