Stone-pelting against CM Jagan: 19-year-old sent to judicial custody, TDP worker in police custody

Vemula Satish Kumar (19), has been booked as the A1 accused. The report also mentions that he has a criminal history in AS Nagar PS.

BySouth First Desk

Published Apr 20, 2024 | 2:00 PMUpdatedApr 20, 2024 | 10:03 PM

CM Jagan Mohan Reddy with an injury above his left eyebrow. (Sourced)

A court in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday, 18 April, sent Vemula Satish (19) to 14 days of judicial custody in the YS Jagan stone-pelting case while releasing four minors.

However, the other accused — Vemula Durga Rao (31), allegedly a TDP worker — is still in police custody.

The release of the minors comes on the same day the family of Vemula Durga Rao filed a search warrant with the 1st Additional Junior Civil Judge in Vijayawada, alleging that his whereabouts were being kept secret along with that of the minors.

The remand report accessed by South First mentions that the police have during the investigation identified Vemula Satish with the help of the CCTV footage, and video footage of the people present.

They have further collected evidence with the help of call recordings, which showed the accused Satish was involved in the crime.

The police have also collected the witness statements from 12 people—political leaders, ACP Nandigama, and other direct independent witnesses.

Arrest of Satish

According to the report the police reached Satish’s  Vijayawada residence on 17 April at 5 PM.

The report further says, the accused has voluntarily confessed to the crime at the same time. He was then arrested by the police in the presence of mediators and brought to the police station at 7:15 PM for safe custody.

Vemula Satish Kumar (19), has been booked as the A1 accused. The report also mentions that Satish has a criminal history in AS Nagar police station.

As per his advocate Abdus Saleem, Satish just turned 19 on 14 April, just the day after CM YS Jagan was attacked.

The families of the accused have alleged on 18 April, that police did not follow set procedures for arresting them.

All those apprehended were from the same colony of Ajith Singh Nagar, Vijayawada, and were from the BC community. Interactions with the residents revealed that all of them, including minors, engage in daily wage work.

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Attack and arrests

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy was injured when a stone, allegedly flung at him, hit his forehead. The attack took place while Jagan Mohan Reddy was waving at the public during the “Memantha Siddham” bus yatra in Vijayawada on 13 April.

YS Jagan sustained an injury above his left eyebrow as a result of being struck by the stone. MLA Vellampalli Srinivas, who was standing next to the Chief Minister, also suffered an injury to his left eye in the attack.

The incident took place at the Vivekananda School Centre in Singhnagar, Vijayawada.

The family members of Vemula Durga Rao, who were also present at the YS Jagan event, stated that they were approached by the local YSRCP leader of Ajith Singh Nagar, Gunja Konda, Vemula Krishna, who offered them ₹200 for women and ₹300 for men, along with liquor, to attend the YS Jagan campaign on 13 April. They claimed that around 300 people from this area attended the meeting, and Vemula had nothing to do with any attacks.

Since 16 April, the family claimed they have been trying to contact their kin to check his whereabouts. Vemula’s brother Baji stated that it was only yesterday, after much protest, that the office of the Assistant Commissioner of Police informed them that he was in police custody, but they had been denied access.

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