Kamepalli (Khammam): Tension prevailed for some time at Govindrala village of Kamepalli mandal in the district on Saturday as Congress workers attacked Yellandu MLA Banoth Haripriya and obstructed her election campaign on Saturday.
The incident occurred when the MLA arrived at the village for MPTC-ZPTC election campaign. Around 200 Congress workers who reached the campaign spot allegedly pelted stones, slippers and mud on the MLA’s campaign vehicle targeting the MLA.
Though the MLA was unhurt in the incident nearly five TRS workers have suffered bleeding injuries. The injured were taken to local hospital for treatment and their condition is said to be stable.
It was said that Kamepalli Police Sub-inspector Tirupathi Reddy and his staff who were present at the village could not control mob which outnumbered the police. After the incident additional police forces were rushed to the village and a police picket was now set up there.
ACP R Ramesh along with police personnel visited the spot and brought the situation under control. No arrests were made as the MLA could not lodge complaint immediately as she intended to continue her campaign.
According to the sources, the local Congress workers were upset over the MLA’s changing of loyalty and that was said to be the reason behind their act when she arrived at the village for campaigning for TRS candidates.
Speaking to the press later, MLA Haripriya and other TRS leaders have strongly condemned the attack by Congress men. Congress leadership in the state which was rejected by the people has instigated the party workers to target the MLA, the leaders alleged.
The TRS leaders maintained that though the Congress workers resorted to violence their party men remained relatively calm to ensure peace in the village. Govindrala village which is a part of Khammam district falls under Yellandu Assembly segment in Bhadradri Kothagudem district.