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Naidu to DGP: Probe vandal attack on Durgi NTR statue

Larger conspiracy to incite hatred among people
YSRCP ZPTC’s son vandalised NTR statue
Police conniving with perpetrators

AMARAVATI: TDP National President and former Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Monday urged the DGP of AP to order a detailed probe into the latest vandalisation of the NTR statue in Durgi in the Macherla assembly constituency in Guntur district.

Naidu wrote a letter to the DGP, saying that stringent action was required against the miscreants to prevent recurrence of such vandal incidents in future. One Settipalli Koteswara Rao, son of YSRCP ZPTC member Settipalli Yalamanda, desecrated the statue of former Chief Minister and National Leader Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao on 2nd January 2022 in Durgi.

The TDP chief told the DGP that the Durgi incident ‘is to be seen as part of a larger conspiracy to incite hatred among different sections of people’. If such incidents continue, the people may begin to revolt in the future. The demolition of statues has become a trend since June 2019 in Andhra Pradesh and ever since such hooligan incidents are repeatedly taking place.

Naidu said that such vandal incidents were occurring at the behest of the ruling YSRCP leaders and the fact that the son of a YSRCP ZPTC member desecrated NTR’s statue was clear evidence for that. The ruling party in its attempt to scuttle democracy has been encouraging hooligans and patronizing henchmen to desecrate, damage and destroy the statues of national leaders like Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, Sri Potti Sriramulu and others.

The TDP chief said that the police, instead of detaining the peacefully protesting people, should control and check such vandal acts from spreading further. It is widely believed that the police were collaborating with the perpetrators in encouraging such vandalism. Therefore, the police should conduct a comprehensive inquiry and ensure that the culprits are punished as per the law.

Naidu told the DGP that only a stringent action, without undue influence, from the police will deter the perpetrators. All steps should be taken to ensure that such vandal and hateful acts are not repeated in the future.

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