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Police block media from entering airport

Posted by on July 22, 2011 0 Comment

In an unprecedented move, the Cyberabad police on Thursday did not allow Telangana activists and media to enter the airport premises when the body of Telangana activist Yadi Reddy arrived from New Delhi to be taken to his village in Moinabad in Ranga Reddy district.

The body of Yadi Reddy, who hanged himself near Parliament on Wednesday, was airlifted to the city on Thursday evening. The body arrived at the airport at 7.30 pm. However, media personnel and political activists reached the airport in huge numbers by 6.30 pm. Police personnel stopped them near the airport main gate and arrested 50 media and political activists, including TRS leader N Narasimha Reddy. The arrested persons were shifted to the Rajendranagar police station and were set free late in the night.

After arresting the media personnel and activists, police quickly transported the body via Srisailam Road, Tukkuguda, ORR and APPA to Pedamangalaram in Moinabad. Yadi Reddy’s final rites would be performed on Friday.

Cyberabad commissioner Ch Dwaraka Tirumala Rao said that no arrests were made. “No one was even booked under Section 151 of the CrPC. We shifted some political activists and media personnel to a safe location (Rajendranagar police station) for their own safety as we had information that miscreants might cause damage to property and individuals. They were let off immediately,” the commissioner said.

Over 1,000 police personnel, including RAF and paramilitary teams, were deployed around the airport on Thursday evening and the same were moved to Moinabad and surrounding areas for Friday’s funeral procession bandobust. TOI

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