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Geeta Reddy `detained' for 8 hours

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HYDERABAD, OCT. 13. The Tourism Minister, J. Geeta Reddy, had to remain confined to the house of a `relative' at Afzalsagar on Wednesday for over eight hours after the police spotted her moving in the Asifnagar Assembly constituency where polling was on.

"Being a Minister, she was not supposed to move around in the area where polling was on," the Police Commissioner, R.P. Singh, told reporters here on Wednesday. Soon after polling began, the city police special branch wing received information that the Minister was travelling in the constituency.

She was going from Darusalam to Bhoiguda Kaman when reports first came in, the police said. The Minister's vehicle was intercepted at Sitarambagh at around 9.30 a.m. Within seconds, the top brass of the police reached the spot and sought an explanation from the Minister about her visit to the place.

Visiting a `relative'

She was neither a voter of the area nor an election agent. "However, Ms. Reddy told us that she was going to a relative's house," Mr. Singh said.

She was asked to stay at her relative's place till polling was over since her movement in the area would attract violation of the election code of conduct. Later, she went to the house of a local Congress leader, Sudhakar.

The police said the Agriculture Minister, N. Raghuveera Reddy, too, came to Mr. Sudhakar's house at around 2 p.m. and both Ministers left the place after polling was over.

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