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Journalists protest over Andhra Jyothi Editor’s arrest

The editor of the Telugu daily, Andhra Jyothy, along with two contributors was produced before a court of additional metropolitan sessions judge on Wednesday. They were remanded to judicial custody till July 8. Police arrested the editor, K. Srinivas, and contributors T. Srinivas and M. Vamsi Krishna, on Tuesday night under the SC, ST (Prevention of Atrocities Act).

The editor and contributors were charged under Section 3 (1)(10) of the Act for insulting a person belonging to the scheduled caste. The bail application was posted for hearing on Thursday.

The arrest came after the Madiga Reservation Porata Samiti (MRPS) president, Manda Krishna Madiga, lodged a complaint. The MRPS activists on May 26 attacked the Andhra Jyothy office in Jubilee Hills. The following day, a few staff of the daily protested against the MRPS and burnt the effigy of Krishna Madiga.

Editors of various English, Telugu, Hindi and Urdu dailies on Wednesday demanded that the state release the editor and two other journalists. The editors said the attitude of the state in giving green signal to the police to go ahead with the arrests was only a testimony to the vengeance being sought by the government against the vernacular daily.

Editors and deputy editors of the recognised newspapers of the city visited K. Srinivas at Chanchalguda jail.

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