Naidu being shifted to Aurangabad jail

July 20th, 2010 - 12:46 pm ICT by ANI  

Manmohan Singh Hyderabad, July 20 (ANI): With tension mounting in Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra over the Babli Dam dispute, the Maharashtra government has decided to shift Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief Chandrababu Naidu to the Aurangabad jail.

On Monday, Naidu and other TDP leaders refused to accept bail after a fresh hearing was conducted upon completion of their two-day judicial remand period.

Following this, the Nanded magistrate extended their judicial remand till July 26.

Earlier, locals in Maharashtra’s Dharmabad city alleged that they were baton-charged by police, while protesting Naidu’s arrest.

The TDP had called for a shutdown across Andhra Pradesh to protest the arrest of Naidu.Maharashtra police arrested Naidu and 75 other politicians on Friday for violating prohibitory orders.

They were taken into preventive custody for trying to visit the Babli Dam in Maharashtra to find out whether that state is grabbing more than its share of water from the River Godavari.

Naidu claimed he was there only to inspect the contentious Babli Barrage project and to fight for Andhra Pradesh’s fair share of water.

TDP leaders are likely to raise the issue in their July 23 meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. (ANI)

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