Andhra Pradesh

AP: TDP MLA booked for assaulting policeman

AP: TDP MLA booked for assaulting policeman

Amaravati: TDP MLA and government whip Chintamaneni Prabhakar has been booked for allegedly assaulting a police personnel on duty at Denduluru in Andhra Pradesh’s West Godavari district, police said today.

Prabhakar, who represents Denduluru constituency, had last month submitted his resignation from the post sulking over denial of a cabinet berth.

However, his resignation has not been accepted by the Assembly Speaker.

Late last night, he went to Singavaram junction, where the police were diverting heavy traffic because of a village fair, and allegedly questioned the move.

The MLA allegedly abused assistant sub-inspector (ASI) J Papa Rao and other constables on duty and even assaulted one of them, police said.

The ASI filed a written complaint in the Denduluru police station and accordingly a criminal case was registered against the legislator.

No arrest has been made yet, police said.

Based on the ASI’s complaint, a case has been registered against him for voluntarily causing hurt, using criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) and for criminal intimidation), inspector of police, Denduluru, Kishore Babu said.

The lawmaker had landed in a controversy a couple of years ago when he allegedly manhandled a woman tehsildar who tried to prevent illegal mining of sand.

The MLA went scot free in the case as Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu found fault with the official despite strong protests by government officials.

—PTI