Protest takes a violent turn in Andhra Pradesh; mob burns two railway coaches

| Monday, February 1, 2016 - 10:13
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Andhra Pradesh protest

A protest staged by the Kapu community in the state of Andhra Pradesh took a violent turn on Sunday when the agitated mob burned two railway coaches and one police station near the Tuni city railway station. The torching of the police station has resulted in eight policemen being injured with one being critically wounded.

The Kapu community had resorted to protest over non-conformity in their status as Other Backward Caste (OBC). The state govt had earlier decided that they would take the issue of confirming OBC reservation category for the Kapu community seriously, but it is suspected that with no such official confirmation from the govt, the community has taken this drastic step.

Two coaches of the Ratnanchal Express have been completely razed by fire and the Tuni railway station has been showered with stones by the protesters. Occurring in Tuni city, east Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, the protesters have stopped trains running along that route.

Chandrababu Naidu, Andhra Pradesh CM, has called for an emergency meeting to discuss the issue before it escalates any further. The protesters claim that the Chief Minister fell short of his promise to the Kapu community, that is, their inclusion in the Backward Classes List.

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