Police imposed prohibitory orders banning assembly of four or more persons across East Godavari district and beefed up security to prevent any untoward incident. Additional police and paramilitary forces were rushed to coastal Andhra Pradesh, a day after large-scale violence rocked Tuni town in East Godavari district during a protest by Kapus demanding reservation. Senior police officials including additional director general of police (law and order) R P Thakur have reached Tuni to review the situation. Police began investigations into Sunday’s violence in which a train, two police stations and 25 vehicles were torched.
Fifteen policemen and four railway employees were injured in the violence. The investigating officials were screening video footage to identify miscreants who torched train and police stations. The arrests are likely to be made later on Monday. Personnel of Andhra Pradesh special police, central reserve police force (CRPF), rapid action force and Indo-Tibetan border police (ITBP) have been deployed in Tuni and other places in the district. However, M Padmanabham, a key Kapu leader, threatened to go on ‘fast-unto-death’ if the government failed to respond by Monday evening on the demand for including Kapus in the list of backward castes.