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Naidu forcibly shifted to Aurangabad

Nanded: Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president N Chandrababu Naidu and his supporters were forcibly shifted from Dharmabad to Aurangabad on Tuesday, a day after he rejected a magistrate’s suggestion to seek bail and return to Andhra Pradesh.

Naidu and TDP members were forcibly put into buses and driven away amid tight security as police lathicharged a crowd protesting their presence in Dharmabad.

The Maharashtra town has been tense after Naidu and his supporters, including TDP MPs and legislators, were arrested on Friday when they tried to proceed towards the Babli dam, which they allege Maharashtra is building illegally and would deprive Andhra Pradesh of its due share of Godavari waters.

The crowd pelted stones at the police and the convoy carrying the TDP members. The crowd also attacked a CNN-IBN van and other journalists at the place.

Naidu has made it clear that the TDP group would not return without visiting the Babli dam.

A magistrate in Nanded district on Monday extended the judicial custody of Naidu and 74 other TDP leaders till July 26 after they again rejected his suggestion to seek bail and return to Andhra Pradesh.

TDP leaders, who were kept in custody at an industrial training college in Dharmabad, have vowed not to return without visiting the Babli project.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan has rejected their demand, saying this would create law and order problems. He also directed the police to deal with TDP leaders as per the law.

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