The Dubbak (also spelt as “Dubbaka”) assembly constituency in Telangana is tense, following searches Siddipet revenue and police officials’ raid at the residences of BJP candidate M Raghunandan Rao and his relatives last Monday in the evening.
The police claimed to have seized Rs.18.67 lakh cash from the residence of a relative Raghunandan. However, the fact is, as is evident from this video, that the police had brought the cash along to frame the BJP candidate.
The BJP workers revolted against the police, contending that they conducted searches without warrant or notice. BJP politicians alleged that the police tried to plant money also in the house of Raghunandan’s relative at the behest of the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS).
Raghunandan and his supporters reached there and had an altercation with the tahasildar and executive magistrate of Siddipet mandal, V Vijay Sagar, who led the search. Sagar said a group of 20 people, provoked by Raghunandan, standing at the gate along with about 200 followers, jumped a compound wall, attacked and snatched the money away from his bag.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah made a telephonic enquiry about the incident with BJP state president and Karimnagar MP Bandi Sanjay. His deputy G Kishan Reddy rushed to Siddipet to stand by the BJP candidate and workers.
Bandi Sanjay, who was sent back to Karimnagar from the outskirts of Siddipet, protested at the party office, accusing Siddipet police commissioner Joel Davis of behaving rudely with him. Sanjay demanded the suspension and arrest of the IPS officer.
On the other, Telangana Finance Minister T Harish Rao said the BJP politicians were trying to create a law and order problem out of frustration that they would lose the by-election in Dubbak. BJP workers staged protests across the district.
This video has gone viral on social media. Users in large numbers condemned the conduct of the police in the state.