AP: special forces deployed in violence-hit Tuni

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Additional police forces were sent to coastal Andhra Pradesh today, a day after large-scale violence erupted in Tuni town of East Godavari district during a protest by Kapus demanding reservation.

 

Police imposed prohibitory orders banning assembly of four or more people across East Godavari district and tightened up security to prevent any untoward incident.

 

Police has begun investigations into Sunday’s violence in which a train, two police stations and 25 vehicles were set on blaze. Fifteen policemen and four railway employees were injured in the violence.

 

The investigating officials are screening video footage to identify miscreants who torched train and police stations. The arrests are likely to be made later today.

 

Personnel of Andhra Pradesh special police, central reserve police force (CRPF), rapid action force and Indo-Tibetan border police (ITBP) have been deployed in Tuni and other places in the district. Security has also been beefed up in Vijayawada.

 

Rail and road traffic between Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada restored late Sunday night after M Padmanabham, a key Kapu leader, announced withdrawal of agitation. He, however, threatened to go on ‘fast-unto-death’ if the government failed to respond by Monday evening on the demand for including Kapus in the list of backward castes.

 

Several trains were cancelled or diverted since Sunday afternoon when protestors torched Ratnachal Express near Tuni station. All 24 bogies were gutted in the incident. Railway officials estimate the loss to be Rs.30 crore.

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