Naidu condemns violence by Kapu community members

, 8:18 AM IST

New Delhi: Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu today condemned the violence during a stir by the members of Kapu community in Andhra Pradesh seeking reservation under Backward Class category and said it “weakens” the cause.

“Violence at Kapu reservation stir is unfortunate and condemnable. Should be avoided. Violence weakens the cause,” the Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Urban Development said.

At least 15 policemen, including a senior district police officer, were injured yesterday when the stir by Kapu community members seeking reservation under Backward Class category turned violent as the agitators went on rampage, set four coaches of Ratnachal Express on fire and blocked a National Highway in East Godavari district.