Municipal chief allegedly assaulted by TRS workers for cracking down on hoarding menace

Municipal Commissioner Manda Ravi Babu says he was only following orders from the Telangana government.
Municipal chief allegedly assaulted by TRS workers for cracking down on hoarding menace
Municipal chief allegedly assaulted by TRS workers for cracking down on hoarding menace
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TRS workers in Telangana allegedly barged into the house of Yellandu town's Municipal Commissioner Manda Ravi Babu on Monday morning and assaulted him. 

The official alleged that activists belonging to the TRS roughed him up and manhandled him after he ordered for the removal of banners and posters put up by the party across the town's streets. 

The incident happened in Bhadradri Kothagudem district.

It all started after one Dindigal Rajendra, a TRS party leader, was sworn in for a nominated post in Kothagudem on Sunday.

Ravi stated that several banners were put up on Sunday after the swearing in, as several senior leaders were attending the event.

"No permission was taken to put up the flexis and banners. We have clear orders from the Telangana government, with Minister KT Rama Rao himself stating clearly that such things have to be removed," Ravi told reporters. 

Yellandu MLA K Kanakaiah's aides were also allegedly involved in the assault.

"I even informed the MLA that it was against the rules. Despite this, the TRS town president, a TRS councillor, the MLA's aide, and one more person assaulted me at home," Ravi alleged.

"You can ask anyone in the town. I have always followed the rules. if they have any complaint against me, they can take it up with my higher authorities, but they can't come and attack me at my house. I wish that KTR takes note of this incident," he added

The Municipal Commissioner also lodged a complaint with the Yellandu police.

"A case has been registered against five TRS activists, under section 143 (unlawful assembly), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 448 (house trespass) and 506 read with 149 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC)," a police officer told TNM.

Meanwhile, the TRS activists told media persons that it was just a 'small' incident and that they had just gone to Ravi's house to talk. 

They also alleged that the official had not removed flexis of the BJP until the incident surfaced, adding that he had also 'abused' a senior TRS leader.  

The police said that they were investigating the allegations on both sides, and no arrests were made so far. They also said that the TRS leaders had not filed any complaint. 

In April last year, Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MAUD) Minister KT Rama Rao had declared a "war on posters, flexis, hoardings and banners" erected without permission from the civic body.

He had also ordered the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) to file criminal cases if necessary.

In July last year, the Minister also received a lot of praise on social media after he took to Twitter to ask the GHMC to remove posters and banners that were celebrating his birthday.

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