Andhra Pradesh: Four Arrested for Casteist Abuse of YSR Congress MLA

Vundavelli Sridevi was allegedly abused by members of the TDP when she visited a Ganesh pandal in her own constituency.

New Delhi: Four members were arrested in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh for casteist abuse of YSR Congress Party MLA Vundavelli Sridevi.
According to The News Minute, on Monday, the legislator, who hails from the Madiga Scheduled Caste, attended the death anniversary event of former chief minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy in Anantavaram village of Thullur mandal in Guntur. Locals then invited her to the Ganesh pandal in the village, which falls under her own Tadikonda constituency. A man identified as Kommineni Sivaiah, from the Chowdary caste, abused Sridevi. “Who allowed this Madiga to partake in the pooja, this place will get polluted,” the FIR says.

The abuse resulted in a clash between supporters of the MLA and the accused. Police intervened to get the situation under control. According to reports, Sridevi on Tuesday said the accused belonged to the Telugu Desam Party (TDP). “For the first time, I faced caste discrimination, that too in the capital region,” she said, according to The News Minute.

The MLA also stated that the TDP, led by former CM N. Chandrababu Naidu, is casteist. She accused several of its MLAs, including Naidu, of making casteist comments against Dalits in the past too.

Thullur circle inspector M.V. Subba Rao said that the accused Sivaiah was inebriated when he made casteist remarks against Sridevi. Family members of Sivaiah also allegedly humiliated the MLA. A case was registered at the Thullur police station in Guntur.

On Tuesday, four people were arrested in connection with the case. According to reports, Kommineni Sivaiah, Kommineni Sai, Kommineni Ramakrishna and Kommineni Bujji were booked under sections of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, among other provisions of the IPC.

The MLA also demanded that Chandrababu Naidu should also be charged because he “nurtured this kind of psyche among his party rank and file”.

The state’s Women’s Commission also spoke to DGP Gautam Sawang, asking him to take strong action against the accused.