The Telangana BJP Opposition leader, Kishan Reddy has been arrested by the Telangana Police, in Khammam.
From the past one week, the mirchi farmers in Khammam are agitating for minimum support price. Kishan Reddy went to visit the Khammam Market yard and talk to the farmers. The leader led a rally with his supporters to the Khammam Market Yard, to support the farmers agitation. The police arrested the leader for alleged violations of Section 144, which restricts the movement of people in groups.
It may be recalled that after the last week’s violence, the Khammam Market Yard, was under the control of police, as per the instructions from the collector. Kishan Reddy was brought to the Khammam Rural police station. The leader demanded the TRS government to pay bonus apart from buying the produce at the Minimum Intervention Price suggested by the central government. He further alleged that alleged that the State Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao had neglected interests of chilli farmers.
Kishan Reddy said the Centre had announced that it would buy Rs 5,000 a quintal as minimum support price for chilli till May 31 and it should be turn for the State government to announce bonus on the produce to bail out farmers out of distress. Andhra Pradesh is paying bonus of rupees 1500 per quintal, while the Telangana government is yet to make an announcement.
A wave of political protests, has been witnessed from past one week, by all the parties including TDP, Congress and Left parties CPI (M), CPI and CPI (ML-New Democracy). While the BJP leaders were arrested today, TJAC leaders were detained last week.