The arrest of YSRC chief Jagan Mohan Reddy on Sunday night drew blood this morning when irate party supporters attacked three buses. The driver of one bus lost control, hit an electric pole, and died on the spot. Six passengers suffered injuries of varied intensity.
Violent incidents are linked to the YSRC call for AP Bandh today to protest Jagan’s arrest by the CBI last evening. Gangs of apparent YSRC supporters attacked buses, two APSRTC and one private bus near Ibrahimpatnam early in the morning.
While the APSRTC buses escaped the ire, the private bus came under heavy stone throwing which led to the driver Gopi losing control of the bus. The vehicle careened to the wayside and hit the electric pole. He died on the spot.
Attempt by the attackers to set the bus on fire was foiled by the passengers and the police who rushed to the spot.
In the second incident near Bharath Garden under the Ibrahimpatnam police station limits an RTC bus came under attack. Although some miscreants made a vain attempt to douse it with petrol and set it ablaze, timely police intervention prevented the mishap.
The third incident, which was reported from the Mangalpally village in Ibrahimpatnam, where similar attempts were made to attack an RTC bus but heavy police presence foiled the bid, said ACP Ibrahimpatnam V Surender Reddy.
In the meantime, the bandh call given by the YSRC party in protest against Jagan Mohan Reddy’s arrest by the CBI in the disproportionate assets case, had no impact in the City.
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