YSRCP MLA from Nellore, Kotamreddy Sridhar Reddy has been booked by the Dargamitta police on Monday for allegedly barging into the house of journalist and trying to intimidate him. The incident took place on Sunday.
The MLA was allegedly provoked after Dolendra Prasad, a senior journalist and editor of Zamin Ryot, a Telugu weekly magazine, reported the abusive behaviour of the MLA to YSRCP President and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.
Speaking to TNM, Prasad said that along with ten of his aides, the MLA barged into his residence in an inebriated state and started abusing him.
“In June, when one of my reporters went to cover his press meet, he had deliberately picked up a fight with my reporter. This is when I took up the matter and informed Jagan and other party high functionaries. This is why he had come to confront and intimidate me,” Dolendra Prasad told TNM.
Prasad alleged that the MLA has terrorised all journalists in the locality. “All the journalists in Nellore fear him. He harasses them. However, I did not take it lying down and told the party's senior leadership about his high-handedness. This is why he got agitated,” Prasad said.
Alleging that Sridhar Reddy attempted to murder him, Prasad has filed a complaint with police.
Police have registered a case against the MLA under Sections 448 (trespassing), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 506 (criminal intimidation), 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code.
“The case is still under investigation, we have not taken any action yet,” said Dargamitta Inspector Nageshwaramma.
Meanwhile, the MLA held a press conference claiming that the allegations against him are false. He said that he had an argument with Dolendra Prasad after the latter called him a ‘sell-out’ of the Hyderabad businessman Gunupati Venkata Krishna.
“This led to an argument and later we dispersed. However, he has been claiming that I tried to murder him, abduct him, etc,” Sridhar Reddy claimed.