Guntur, October 21: Andhra Pradesh Police on Sunday arrested the Vice-Chancellor of Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU) Vallabhaneni Damodar Naidu for allegedly abusing a former tribal employee. Naidu has been detained under SC/ST Atrocities (Prevention) Act. Following this, he was presented in court, which sent him for judicial custody for two weeks. Later on Monday evening, Naidu was granted bail by the high court.
According to a report, published in the Hindustan Times, the case was booked at the Thullur police station on Sunday. Muralikrishna had earlier worked as an attendant on outsourcing basis in the university between 2014 and 2019. But he was dismissed by the administration in April for reportedly being irregular to the duties. Andhra Pradesh: Journalist Hacked to Death by Gang in East Godavari.
Informing more, Thullur police inspector M V Subba Rao sated that Muralikrishna had been requesting the VC to restore him for some time. Rao said, as the daily quoted, "However, Naidu had been rejecting his request. A few days ago, Muralikrishna met him outside the state assembly in Velagapudi along with his friend. However, he refused to entertain Muralikrishna’s request."
The complaint was booked by Muralikrishna directly with Deputy Superintendent of Police Y Srinivas Reddy, in which he alleged that VC Naidu abused him taking his caste name. Inspector added, "The DSP, in turn, passed on the complaint to the Thullur police station and we booked a case, after obtaining the CCTV footage from the spot."
Objecting the arrest of Naidu, Telugu Desam Party official spokesman and MLC P Ashok Babu had questioned the police. He had said, "This is a conspiracy by the government to send Naidu out of the university, as he was appointed by the TDP government. What is the necessity for a Vice-Chancellor to abuse an attendant with a caste name?"