Andhra Pradesh man climbs tower, threatens suicide

July 15th, 2008 - 11:24 pm ICT by IANS  

Hyderabad, July 15 (IANS) A man created a sensation Tuesday by climbing a tower and threatening to jump to death near Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy’s camp office here. Tension gripped the high-security Begumpet area for over three hours and the traffic went haywire as the man, identified as Madan Mohan Reddy, threatened to jump from a tower used for displaying hoardings.

Alleging that ruling Congress chief whip N. Kiran Kumar Reddy has encroached upon his land and was threatening him, Madan Mohan climbed on to the tower near the chief minister’s camp office.

The incident sent the police and the security agencies into a tizzy.

The three-hour drama ended Tuesday evening when the police officials coaxed Madan Mohan Reddy to get down by promising an appointment with the chief minister.

Madan Mohan Reddy, who hails from Chittoor district, alleged that ruling Congress party legislator and the party’s chief whip Kiran Kumar Reddy encroached on his 2.5 acre land.

He said he met the chief minister twice and requested him to restore his land but it was of no avail.

Madan Mohan threatened to commit suicide by jumping from the tower if his demands were not met.

Police officials appealed to him not to take the extreme step and assured to look into his problem.

The police later took Madan Mohan Reddy into custody and were questioning him.

The man had twice climbed on to the tower and a tree in the past to draw the attention of the authorities to his problem.

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