1. Kapus in Andhra Pradesh protest over reservations: Top 7 points to note 

Kapus in Andhra Pradesh protest over reservations: Top 7 points to note 

The agitators, gathered at Tuni to attend a public meeting addressed by their leader Mudragada Padmanabh and started pelting the engine of the train with stones and also attacked police personnel, before ransacking the railway station.

By: | Published: February 1, 2016 11:29 AM
East Godavari: Agitators belonging to the Kapu caste set fire to Ratnachal Express when it halted at Tuni railway station in East Godavari district on Sunday afternoon, they were protesting to demand their caste for inclusion in the backward class. PTI Photo(PTI1_31_2016_000184A) East Godavari: Agitators belonging to the Kapu caste set fire to Ratnachal Express when it halted at Tuni railway station in East Godavari district on Sunday afternoon, they were protesting to demand their caste for inclusion in the backward class. (PTI)

Kapu community members are seeking reservation under Backward Class category and their protests turned violent as the agitators went on rampage and set four coaches of Ratnachal Express on fire at Tuni station in East Godavari district. Here are top 7 things to know:

1. The agitators, gathered at Tuni to attend a public meeting addressed by their leader Mudragada Padmanabh and started pelting the engine of the train with stones and also attacked police personnel, before ransacking the railway station.

2. The protest forced the authorities to stop all trains running between Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada stations. Road traffic on national highway 16 was also disrupted due to the protests.

3. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu reacted by saying that he was committed to reservation for the community. “I am committed for the reservation for Kapu community for which a Judicial Commission was also constituted.”.

4. He said reservation benefits would be extended to the community without exceeding the total reservation by 50 per cent as per the decision of the Supreme Court.

5. Kapu leader Padmanabh accused the chief minister of giving ‘false promises’ to Kapus on their inclusion in BC category. “Let the CM realise the gravity of the situation,” he added.

6. State Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) R P Thakur said, “They have set on fire four bogies of the train, besides damaging some police vehicles and torching two. Our people are trying to control the situation. Additional forces have been rushed to the spot.”

7. South Central Railway General Manager Ravindra Gupta has held a disaster control meeting with the higher officials in Hyderabad. With several trains being regulated at various stations on the Vijayawada-Rajahmundry-Visakhapatnam section, the SCR officials are making arrangements to provide food and water to passengers and attend to their medical needs.

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    Swami
    Feb 1, 2016 at 7:22 am
    Surely seems to be a handy work nby the traitor mr. jagan to destabilise the progress of the state after the recent spate of recognitions AP has recieved on the global stage
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      kapu SucK
      Feb 1, 2016 at 7:35 am
      kapu want reservation! why don't they reserve themselves against USELESS reservation
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        kapu SucK
        Feb 1, 2016 at 7:36 am
        kapu want reservation, really! why those useless creeps reserve themselves against useless reservation
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          Java.id
          Feb 1, 2016 at 9:18 am
          Isn't it striking that reservations which were supposed to finish off caste based discrimination have actually helped it to thrive? We now tend to see the poor and deprived only in terms of caste and untouchability. We have to see all the poor as people who need support and opportunities to grow and must work towards that. But is perpetual reservations for just a few select representatives of chosen castes in education or in government service or in the parliament, by depriving the poor and deserving of all other castes the right way?
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            joshna
            Feb 1, 2016 at 7:20 am
            Chandrababu always uses caste for elections. Why he has to put Kapu reservation in manifesto ??? and then lagging the time ??
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              Pb
              Feb 1, 2016 at 7:13 am
              great..!! remove reservation otherwise more caste will come out with such protest...
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                wts
                Feb 2, 2016 at 5:46 am
                Identify ALL THE casts. Distribute the reservations based on potion of each caste. Repeat every 5 years (for change in potion pattern). end of story.
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                  wts
                  Feb 2, 2016 at 5:44 am
                  identify ALL THE castes. Distribute reservation on the basis of potion of each caste. Repeat every 5 years (for change in potion patterns). end of story.
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