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Deputy Mayor's arrest triggers protest

By Our Staff Reporter

VIJAYAWADA, APRIL 25. A tense situation prevailed at the Patamata police station on Sunday night following the arrest of the city's Deputy Mayor, A. Challa Rao, by police as a "preventive measure.''

The arrest led to a two-hour-long dharna by Congress activists led by the former Minister and party's nominee for the Kankipadu Assembly constituency, Devineni Rajasekhar alias Nehru.

The Congress leaders alleged that the arrest was made at the behest of the ruling party. Mr. Challa Rao also protested his detention saying that it was improper for police to take him into custody without any valid reason. He pointed out that there were no cases listed against him in police records.

Mr. Nehru and his followers refused to budge from the place until Mr. Rao, was released from custody.

As the situation became tense, the north zone Circle Inspector, D.V. Nageswara Rao, rushed to the police station and held parleys with Mr. Nehru. However, till reports last came in Mr. Challa Rao was not released.

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