HYDERABAD: As the demand for reservation in Kapu, Andhra Pradesh continues to intensify; a man had no other option than to take away his life. The man who comes from the community committed suicide on Monday. His action was meant to be a protest against the refusal to extend quota for the community.
The 40-year old man was found hanging on a dish antenna at the Bennet Club which is located in Kakinada.
He wrote a letter that explained the cause of his action. In the letter, he said that he was ending his life because the Kapu community was not included in the BC list.
The man’s name is Murthy. He came from the Kapu community and had no “political preferences.” He lived in Kakinada and was, by profession, a television mechanic.
His suicide occurred barely a day after serious violence was experienced in east Godavari District (Tuni). The violence happened during a meeting whose purpose was to ask for reservation for the Kapu people in the jobs under BC category.
The meeting was dubbed “Kapu Aikya Garjana” and was organized by Mudraguda padmanabham, former minister.
The many protesters did several atrocities such as blocking roads, torching some train compartments as well as a police station. They also targeted various vehicles that did not stay out of the way.
It became difficult for the policemen to take charge of the situation. A total of fifteen police officers got injured in the violent incident.
On other related news, the Kapu community on 2nd Feb called off its agitation to have reservation for the community in the jobs under BC category. They did so after the Chief Minister, Mr. Naidu Chandrababu assured them that they were being taken serious.
Naidu when asked by the reporters about the matter stated that his government has the determination of availing reservation to the said community. He also noted that a Judicial Commission was constituted so as to see that is achieved.
There are reports that suggest the Kapu leader, Padmanabham Mudragada is considering organizing for a fast-unto-death protest starting Monday night if the state government refuses to give in to his demands.
Information gotten from a Kapu leader stated that incase the state government does not provide a positive action concerning the Kapu reservations issue, the Padmanabham will be forced to start an indefinite fasting period. The fasting will be used to exert pressure on the government and impel them to act positively. This cannot be taken lightly considering a community member has already taken his life due to the same factors that are consideration.
The South center Railway released a press statement that said their train was forced to halt at around 15.20 hours between Hamsavaram and Tuni railway stations. The stoppage was caused by agitated protestors who went up the locomotive and destroyed both the glasses and the hose pipe.
Due to the happenings, all the trains between Viyawada and Visakhapatnam railway stations were stopped by the authorities. The passengers were thus highly inconvenienced.