Mudragada Padmanabham, the leader of the Kapu community in Andhra Pradesh launched an indefinite fast on Friday demanding reservation for his community.
Padmanabham, a Former Minister and Padmavati, his wife had commenced the fast at Kirlampudi in Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh.
The Kapu community has been demanding the state government to include them in the list of backward class and provides reservation in education and jobs.
Ignoring appeals from various quarters including the government, Padmanabham went ahead with his agitation. Leaders from the Telegu Desam Party (TDP) had unsuccessfully tried to dissuade him from the fast.
The Kapu leader stated that his fast would continue until the government makes a clear-cut announcement regarding the BC status for the Kapu community.
Tight security arrangements were in place in the district as well as around Mr. Padmanabham’s house
Prohibitory orders, banning the assembly of a crowd were imposed in the district. To pervert further violent, a posse of police and paramilitary personnel were placed on standby.
Owing to the large-scale violence that occurred on Sunday in Tuni, the government had resorted to massive deployment of forces
Padmanabham had asked his supporters to conduct a road and rail blockade until the government submit to their demands. Many of the protestors went on a rampage destroying public property. Several vehicles, two police stations and a train were set on fire.
AP Chief Minister, Chandrababu Naidu has committed to fulfil the promise. A commission constituted by the government will be submitting a report after a detailed study
The population of Andhra Pradesh amounts to five crores. Of which, Kapus constitute 27 percent.