Vizag still tense, Pawan Kalyan is locked in the hotel

Visakhapatnam: The situation in the port city of Visakhapatnam remained tense for the second day on Sunday as the police barred Jana Sena Party (JSP) leader and actor Pawan Kalyan from holding meetings or rallies.

The JSP leader, who was informed by the police, stayed at the Novotel Hotel near the beach while a large number of his followers gathered outside the hotel to catch a glimpse of the star.

Pawan Kalyan waved to the crowd from the sixth floor of the hotel where he was staying.

“Hope AP police won’t tell me not to salute from my room window,” tweeted Pawan, who posted a video of the view from his room.

“Our beloved AP Police under the High Command of CM Shri Thanos has banned me from holding Jana Sena programmes, no rallies, no meetings. Leave me only this option… from my room window,” read another tweet by the actor.

“Just had a thought… am I allowed to go for an evening walk at RK beach to get some fresh air,” he wrote.

Tension gripped the city since Saturday evening when the convoys of state minister RK Roja and some other leaders of the ruling YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) were attacked by a mob at the Visakhapatnam airport. The incident occurred when a large number of Jana Sena supporters gathered to welcome Pawan Kalyan, who was landing in the city, while YSRCP leaders were leaving after attending a rally organized by the ruling party in support of three state capitals.

Pawan Kalyan, who is in favor of developing Amaravati as the state’s only capital, arrived in Visakhapatnam on a three-day visit for a ‘Janavani’ programme, aimed at receiving grievances from people of the northern Andhra region.

After landing at the airport, Pawan Kalyan left for the hotel for a rally attended by hundreds of party workers and fans. The police resorted to lathis to disperse the participants and allegedly forced Pawan Kalyan from standing on his vehicle to wave to the crowd.

Since Saturday evening, Pawan Kalyan remained confined in the hotel. A large number of policemen were deployed outside the hotel to control the JSP officials and the actor’s fans who reached there.

On Sunday, the actor-turned-politician was served a note by the police ordering him not to participate in meetings and rallies in view of the prohibitory orders. The police also blamed him for the incident at the airport.

Pawan Kalyan, however, denied this and criticized the police for their arrogant behaviour.

Police have arrested 28 Jana Sena leaders and workers in connection with the attack on the minister and YSRCP leaders. On a complaint by the minister’s assistant Roha, the police opened a case. He claimed that 300 Jana Sena workers resorted to the attack.

The police registered another case of damage to government vehicles and property.

Tata Rao, Shiva Prasad Reddy and other leaders were arrested. S Vijay Kumar and PVSS Raju, who were staying at Hotel Novotel, were also arrested. The police also searched the sixth floor of the hotel where Pavan was staying.

(IANS)

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