Former Andhra minister arrested for brandishing gun

Naveen S Garewal 

Tribune News Service 

Hyderabad, August 31  

Even when out of energy, some politicians proceed to throw their weight round. In one such case, the Telangana police have booked former Andhra Pradesh minister G. Mohan Reddy for taking out his licenced revolver to threatening building staff, who had been digging a canal close to his fields. 

According to the criticism lodged by the location engineer and different staff with the police, the incident befell on Sunday night in Urumadla village of Chityala Mandal in Nalgonda district. “The workers were digging an irrigation canal when Gutta Mohan Reddy, a former minister, came and threatened the workers to stop the work. He had an argument with the site engineer and JCB operator and soon afterwards he pulled out his weapon, asking the workers to leave.”

The video of the previous minister threatening the employees went viral on social media. Initially hesitant to tackle a politician, however the website engineer Narender determined to lodge a criticism. The former minister has been booked below the Arms Act and arrested the previous minister, who was later launched after furnishing a private bond. 

Reddy had gained the 1978 and 1983 legislative council elections in undivided Andhra Pradesh and had additionally served as agriculture minister in Nadendla Bhaskar Rao’s cupboard. 

“Mohan Reddy obstructed the canal digging work and wanted the site engineer to change the alignment of the canal so that it does not cut across his field,” mentioned Chityala Circle Inspector of Police Shankar Reddy. He mentioned the police had seized his weapon together with 25 bullets that he’s permitted to maintain as per his licence. 

Officials mentioned the land belonging to the politician had been acquired by the federal government for the aim of digging an irrigation canal and the compensation had already been paid. But regardless of taking the compensation, the minister didn’t need to hand over possession of the land. 

The Chityala police have booked him below Section 30 of the Arms Act (Punishment for contravention of the license or rule) and Sections 503 (prison intimidation), 323 (punishment for voluntarily inflicting damage) and 341(punishment for wrongful restraint) of the Indian Penal Code.  

Police mentioned they’ve additionally imposed Section 506 of the Indian Penal Code, which is cognizable and non-bailable. The mentioned part says whoever commits the offence of prison intimidation shall be punished with easy or rigorous imprisonment for a time period extending as much as 2 years, or with effective, or with each; if menace be to trigger loss of life or grievous damage. 

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