At pre-dawn, before the world woke up, some 200-strong police led by the assistant commissioner of police M Kistaiah took positions and laid a virtual siege to the Chanchalguda central jail where YSRC chief Jagan Mohan Reddy is lodged.
The police closed the Dabeerpura-Nalgonda cross road, a half kilometre stretch, to thoroughfare. Nobody was allowed to use the road and the police kept a hawkish eye on the goings on around.Media persons were allowed to take their station but no civilians were permitted to enter this stretch.
As the day wore on and it became evident that the YSRC was galloping unbridled towards victory in the 18 Assembly bypolls, many people came out on the streets to distribute chocolates and sweets.
Around noon, Jagan’s wife Bharti, sister Sharmila and mother Vijayamma drove in to meet Jagan. They were the only ones allowed inside. Efforts were made to take out a procession to the jail gate but it was thwarted by a determined police force.