YSR Telangana Party chief Sharmila Reddy
YSR Telangana Party chief Sharmila Reddy sits inside her car as it is being dragged away with the help of a crane while she protests against State Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, in Hyderabad on Tuesday, November 29, 2022. Image Credit: ANI

Hyderabad: A car with YSR Telangana Party (YSRTP) leader Y.S. Sharmila in it was towed away by police here on Tuesday when she was heading towards Chief Minister’s official residence to protest the alleged attack by TRS supporters on her padyatra in Warangal district on Monday.

The YSRTP leader herself was driving the car and proceeding towards Pragathi Bhavan as a mark of protest against the attack by ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS).

Police stopped her on the way. As Sharmila refused to get down from the car, the police called a crane which towed away the vehicle with YSRTP leader sitting in it.

Sharmila, who is sister of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, was arrested and taken to S.R. Nagar Police Station.

After reaching the police station, she refused to get down from the car. Police personnel forcibly opened the car door and whisked her away into the police station.

Meanwhile, some YSRTP workers who reached the police station to stage the protest were arrested.

A case was registered against her at Panjagutta Police Station. The case booked under Indian Penal Code (IPC) section 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), section 333 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt to deter public servant from his duty) and section 327 (voluntarily causing hurt to extort property, or to constrain to an illegal act)

Meanwhile, Sharmila’s mother Y.S. Vijayamma was placed under house arrest by the police as she was leaving for S.R. Nagar Police Station to meet her.

The police did not allow Vijayamma to come out of her residence in Jubilee Hills.

Vijayamma began a protest at the residence along with her supporters.

She condemned the police behaviour with her daughter. She alleged that the state government was trying to snatch the democratic right to raise people’s issues.

Sharmila along with supporters took out the protest march and headed towards the CM’s residence in Begumpet.

When they reached near Yashoda Hospital on Raj Bhavan Road, police stopped them.

The YSRTP workers raised slogans against the ruling party. As they tried to proceed towards the chief minister’s residence, police detained them.

The protest march by YSRTP also included the padyatra bus that was stoned and burnt by the TRS activists on Monday.

Sharmila’s Yatra bus and other vehicles were attacked at Narasmpet in Warangal district when she was visiting the area as part of her Praja Prasthanam Yatra.

The YSRTP alleged that TRS men went on a rampage indiscriminately attacking the Padayatra, stoning and burning bus, unleashing filthy language and tearing down banners and party flags.

The police later arrested Sharmila on the ground that she was continuing the march despite their advice to call it off in view of the tense situation in the area.

The police later shifted YSRTP leader to Hyderabad on Monday night. Addressing a press conference, she made it clear that her yatra and the fight against the TRS atrocities would not stop.