For quite some time, Telugu Desam Party leaders in Andhra Pradesh led by former chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu have been making a hue and cry over the alleged attacks on their party workers in the state by YSR Congress party leaders and also the alleged violence in Palnadu region targeting the TDP leaders.
Naidu went to the extent of alleging that senior TDP leader and former assembly speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao had committed suicide due to alleged harassment by the YSRC leaders by filing police cases against him.
As if it is not enough, the TDP leaders even lodged a complaint with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in Delhi last week, alleging that the party workers had been under attack by the YSRC.
Acting on a complaint from TDP MP Galla Jayadev, the NHRC ordered a probe into the complaints.
It has also appointed a two-member panel to visit four villages in faction-ridden Palnadu region in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh, where the TDP accused that their party workers were hounded out from the villages by YSRC supporters.
The NHRC teams would visit Pinnelli, Atmakur, Jangameswarapadu and Punugupadu villages to study the situation.
The commission also called for a report from AP government chief secretary and director general of police within six weeks on the TDP’s allegations that the YSR Congress government was subjecting its leaders and cadres to harassment.
The TDP also complained to NHRC that the government had released 13 prisoners who were involved in heinous and gory offences to threaten, harass, intimidate and annihilate the TDP leaders and cadres.