Telangana Congress president Revanth Reddy was placed under house arrest ahead of his visit to Bhupalpally.
Revanth Reddy had earlier announced a state tour and was scheduled to visit Bhupalpally to meet farmers. However, the state Congress was put under house arrest prior his trip. Police were deployed outside Revanth Reddy’s house in Banjara Hills.
On Friday, the Congess alleged that Revanth Reddy was illegally detained at his house. The party also said police had tried barging into Reddy’s house.
This was the second time this week that Revanth Reddy was detained. Two days ago, he was taken to the police station when he was set to visit Erraballi in Siddipet district and meet farmers in the area where Telangana Chief Minister Chandrashekar Rao’s house is located.
The Congress in Telangana has raised concerns over the farmers’ issue over the rise in the number of farmers’ suicides in the state.
Taking note of the issue, Revanth Reddy had earlier demanded a relief package for chilli farmers. He claimed that over 40,000 farmers committed suicide during the seven-and-a-half-year rule of CM Chandrashekar Rao.
He also wrote an open letter to CM Chandrashekar Rao and demanded a supply of free seeds and fertilizers for the next crop. He even sought Rs 10 lakh compensation for those who had committed suicide.
In the letter addressed to CM, Revanth Reddy said, “The paddy farmers of Telangana were already facing a pathetic situation and now the suicide by Chilli farmers has worsened the agricultural crisis in the state.”
“While the scenes of a farmer lying dead on a pile of his unsold paddy got frozen before my eyes, the images of Chilli farmers hanging with their necks have completely disturbed my mind,” Revanth Reddy said.
“Unfortunately, your government did not do enough to prevent this kind of situation for both paddy and Chilli farmers. I may not be exaggerating if I say that you are acting in the most inhumane manner. You are simply not listening or reacting to the cries of Chilli farmers,” Revanth Reddy alleged.
According to the Congress, this year chilli was cultivated on 3,58,557 acres spread across Khammam, Mahabubabad, Kottagudem, Warangal Urban, Warangal Rural, Nalgonda and Suryapeta districts. However, crops were destroyed by an invasive insect from Indonesia.