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Naidu: Govt ‘harassment’ abetting AP suicides

AP crimes went up by 63% compared to last year
Peaceful State turned into ‘Nerandhra Pradesh’
Suicides started with Ex Speaker Kodela
AMARAVATI: TDP National President and former Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday blamed the Jaganmohan Reddy Government for ‘abetting’ non-stop suicides of political adversaries as well as the common public by pursuing the ‘cruel’ policies of persecution and harassment.
Mr. Naidu termed the suicide of former Assembly Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao as a ‘Government murder’ that would go down in history as an unpardonable crime committed by the oppressive rulers. Vicious police force was used to mentally torture Kodela by levelling baseless allegations about misuse of furniture. A senior leader, who served as Speaker, Minister, MLA and became known as ‘Palnati Puli’, eventually got mentally upset and fatally depressed.
The TDP chief paid tributes to Kodela at the latter’s 2nd death anniversary held at the party office here.
Speaking on the occasion, he said that the unchecked harassment and rising number of suicides in AP began with the suicide of a respectable leader like Kodela Sivaprasada Rao. Normally, no value would be put on furniture used by dignitaries in high positions after four to five years of use due to depreciation. But, the Government went after him, hunted him down and abetted his suicide.
Mr. Naidu recalled how all the four members of Abdul Salaam family ended their lives in Nandyal, unable to bear harassment from the police and the ruling party leaders. Salaam was afraid that his wife would be harassed more after his death. Then, he thought about the future of his children. Eventually, Salaam and his wife tied down their two children to the track and threw themselves under the running train.
The TDP chief said that a peaceful State like Andhra Pradesh had turned into a crime-ridden ‘Nerandhra Pradesh’ in just two and half years time. The reports were saying that the crimes rose by over 63 percent in AP when compared to last year. The Government was harassing and targetting all sections of people if they raised their voice against injustice in the distribution of benefits and Government services.
Mr. Naidu deplored that the AP people were experiencing a hell of time as they were not even being allowed to ask for a better deal in pensions, ration cards and crop losses. A pitiable situation had come in the State now that the farmers and others were committing suicides in order to bring pressure on the Government. A ‘male animal’ asked a girl to sleep with another person in Nellore district. The video was alarming. Such incidents would not even take place in Afghanistan.
Condemning the Government’s ‘ruthless’ attitude, Mr. Chandrababu Naidu said that finally, the perpetrators of crimes and abettors of suicides would not go unpunished. God would give them deterrent punishment. Kodela Sivaprasada Rao rendered never-failing services for the public and his role was memorable in making the BasavaTarakam Hospital a reality. He developed and turned Kotappa Konda temple into a popular destination for devotees and pilgrims. Kodela also got involved in modernising cremation grounds. Toilets were built for every woman in every house in his constituency.
Mr. Naidu termed it as unfortunate that the Jagan Reddy Government was not taking prompt action against the culprits in times of crimes and atrocities. The YSRCP miscreants harassed the woman owner of a house in Kavali by taking her building on rent and converting it into a brothel. She was harassed when she questioned them about the illegal activities. When a couple was returning to Sattepanalli from Guntur after attending a marriage, the miscreants had beaten up the man and gangraped the woman.
The TDP chief said that it was disturbing that an autorickshaw driver was harassed by some gangsters who tried to take away the woman travelling in the vehicle. This was despite the driver telling them that she was his wife. They dispersed only when he raised an alarm. The driver went to report about the incident but the police refused to take his complaint. This showed the deteriorating situation in the State.

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