Protests erupt in Amaravathi over move to set up New capitals in State

January 20th, 2020

Amaravati: The State capital has turned into a battlefield in the wake of the decision of the State government to approve the decentralization of the governance bill by the State cabinet.

The protesters continued the agitation, especially the women farmers protested at Mandadam. They laid a siege across the road before the Mandal headquarters primary school. They entered into a heated argument with the police, who asked them to withdraw. Unruly scenes were witnessed at Errabalem village under the Mangalagiri Mandal of Guntur district when the police tried to forcibly remove the agitators from the road. Defying the police, several farmers tried to proceed towards the State Assembly.

Holding national flags, the protesters tried to plow through the police cordon to reach the Assembly. The police personnel used canes to disperse the agitators. However, the lathi-charge did not frighten the farmers and prompted them to continue their agitation. A farmer of the State capital was seen urging the police to fire at him with their guns. Keeping this in mind, the police have already invoked Section 144 CrPC in and around the capital area.