An incident of violence occurred in Timmareddy Gudem village in Munagala mandal on Saturday during a programme celebrating Ambedkar Jayanti. Munagala SI Lokesh Srinivas Reddy allegedly assaulted Congress MPTC Erneni Srinivasa Reddy, severely injuring his eye, after an argument broke out when Srinivasa Reddy asked about the meaning of the Jai Bheem song being performed. MLA Bollam Mallaiah Yadav was also present.
Srinivasa Reddy’s relatives protested against the police’s actions and blocked the convoy of MLA Mallaiah Yadav, who had come to unveil Ambedkar’s statue. The protests stopped after the CI promised to investigate the incident and take appropriate action against the SI.
Congress MP N Uttam Kumar Reddy demanded legal action against the SI who attacked Srinivasa Reddy and complained about the incident to the Home Minister, DGP, and Suryapet SP. He expressed concern about the rising incidents of police brutality against Congress leaders and demanded that the SI be suspended, and a FIR registered against him. Uttam Kumar Reddy and former MLA Padmavati, along with other party members, announced a protest in Kodada town on Sunday at 10 am in response to the incident.