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Chandralapadu peaceful

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VIJAYAWADA, APRIL 2. The situation in the trouble-torn Chandralapadu village of Nandigama Assembly constituency remained peaceful on Friday, with no untoward incidents being reported.

Over 40 persons were hurt and several vehicles set on fire on Thursday in clashes that broke out between the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) Nandigama Assembly constituency candidate, Devineni Umamaheswara Rao, and the Congress aspirant for the Vijayawada Lok Sabha seat, L. Rajagopal.

The Krishna district, Revenue Divisional Officer (RDO), Ch. Bhanu Prasad, on Friday held separate meetings with Mr. Rao and Mr. Rajagopal to defuse the situation.

Terming the situation as "peaceful and under control", the Deputy Superintendent of Police, Nandigama, P. Venkateswara Rao, told The Hindu that prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Cr.Pc. would be in force for some more days as a precautionary measure.

In view of the tense situation the Krishna District Superintendent of Police, K. Lakshman Mohan, the Additional Superintendent of Police, T. Venkateswara Reddy, and other officials continued to camp in the Nandigama area on Friday too. Mr. Rao and Mr. Rajagopal, continued with the political campaign addressing meetings in the constituency amidst tight police security.

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