A tense atmosphere is prevailing in the Konaseema area of East Godavari district as former minister and Kapu strongman Mudragada Padmanabham is all set to launch his padayatra from the early hours of Wednesday.
With thousands of Kapu activists and leaders descending on Kirlampudi from where Mudragada will begin his “Chalo Amaravati” padayatra, the Andhra Pradesh Director General of Police N Sambasiva Rao reiterated that there was no question of allowing the padayatra, since Mudragada and Kapu activists had not sought the permission for the same.
He said Section 144 was being promulgated and warned that activities disruptive to the law and order in the state won't be tolerated.
The DGP further said that the police are not afraid of any threats referring to the 'lay siege' bid by some elements and made it clear that action would be taken against those who is suspected of any kind of violence.
Sambasiva Rao also made an appeal to all sections of the public urging to maintain equanimity and not participate in unlawful activities.
However, Mudragada said the padayatra will continue come what may.
“If the police arrest me, I will resume the padayatra from the same day I am released from jail. In my absence, the Kapu JAC leaders will take up the yatra. In any case, I am not going to stop it even if they arrest me 100 times,” he asserted.