Jagan Convoy Bizarre Incident: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s official visit to Ongole city has left a family heading to Tirupathi on road! Must be wondering what is the connection with CM’s visit and family being left out on road. No it is not traffic restrictions, it is something very bizarre that forced the pilgrims to desert their vehicle without proceeding further!
Family members of Vemula Srinivas from Vinukonda were stranded in Ongole as Road Transport Department staff forcibly took away a sports utility vehicle (SUV) rented by him for going on a pilgrimage to Tirumala. The vehicle was seized by the staff in connection with security arrangements for the CM’s visit to the city on April 22.
The shocking incident occurred on Wednesday night when the family travelling in the cab to Tirupati had stopped for dinner at a hotel in Ongole. A constable told them that they needed the vehicle for the convoy of the Chief Minister who is scheduled to visit Ongole on Friday. When the family said they are going to Tirupati for pilgrimage, the constable reportedly told them that he can’t help except saying sorry and took away the Innova vehicle along with the driver.
Srinivas, his wife and two children spent anxious movements before another vehicle was arranged for their onward journey. “Even their luggage was taken away in haste by the staff who could not be blamed as they had acted only on instructions from their higher-ups,” he said. They were later handed over the luggage.
Getting to know of the incident, the CMO sought an explanation from the Department officials concerned following adverse media reports. Meanwhile, Assistant Motor Vehicles Inspector A Sandhya and P Tirupala Reddy, a Home Guard attached to the Transport Department were placed under suspension by higher officials.
Jagan has ordered departmental action against the erring officials who asked a cab driver to report to Ongole immediately since the vehicle was assigned to the convoy while he was taking a family to Tirumala. “This kind of measure will not be tolerated especially when people are in trouble,” the CM said.
Meanwhile, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president and former CM N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday termed as “atrocious” the snatching away of a family’s car. “It was unfortunate that the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) government was putting into trouble common people through multifarious ways on the occasion of the CM’s visits such as holding up vehicular traffic and asking shopkeepers in the vicinity of meeting place to down the shutters on the pretext of security arrangements for the visit,” he said.
Jana Sena Party (JSP) Political Affairs Committee Chairman Nandela Manohar condemned the officials for the inconvenience caused to the family of Srinivas. He also spoke to Srinivas over the phone and expressed his sympathies.