The beleaguered Telugu Desam Party had requested the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to visit the State and protect the party cadre and leaders from the attacks and victimisation by the ruling YSR Congress. A delegation of the TDP met NHRC chairman, H L Dutt in the national capital and submitted a representation alleging that the ruling YSR Congress had violated the human rights in the state in the last four months. The TDP leaders further alleged that the party leaders and the cadre were being victimised or even killed by the ruling party.
The TDP submitted a 153-page note to the NHRC chief explaining how the party workers and the leaders were being targeted and victimised in the State. They alleged that the government was targeting the TDP’s social media activists too and sought protection from the NHRC. They highlighted the violence in Palnadu area of Guntur district and informed the NHRC chief that entire state is now reeling under tense with the government misusing the police and resorting to violence.
The NHRC chief had reportedly told the TDP delegation that it would send an independent committee to the State to study the issue. The committee would visit Athmakuru, Pinnelli, Jagadevakonda and Ponugupadu villages and conduct public hearing on the allegations of victimisation by the TDP.
TDP MPs Galla Jayadev, K Ramamohan Naidu, K Ravindrakumar, Thota Sitamahalakshmi, MLC P Ashok Babu and others were present in the delegation. The leaders expressed confidence that the NHRC would intervene and restore peace in the state. They alleged that the TDP’s victimisation is increasing every day and the TDP supporters, sympathisers and activists were running away from villages for shelter.
The TDP leaders also alleged that the police have become puppets in the hands of the State government. Some of the police officials have become the ruling party activists, they alleged and sought the NHRC to correct this flaws and restore peace.