Actress Vijayashanthi arrested for inflammatory speech

    Actress Vijayashanthi arrested for inflammatory speech

    Actress turned politician Vijayashanthi, who is currently the MP of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) was arrested on Saturday in Hyderabad for making inflammatory speeches during a recent party meeting. Later she has been released in bail.

    The meeting was organised in connection with July 27 by-polls to 12 Assembly segments in the Telangana region. She had allegedly made the remarks against those opposed to the formation of a separate Telangana state.

    Banjara Hills police near the residence of actress-TRS MP Vijayashanthi on Friday. 

    In her alleged ‘hate speech, Vijayashanti had allegedly said that chop off the hands of those who oppose the formation of the separate state of Telangana.The issue of whether Telangana should be made a separate state has dominated local politics since late last year.

    Vijayashanti went into hiding after a case was filed against her for making provoking statements.  High drama prevailed at the house of Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) MP Vijayashanti’s house in Banjara Hills here on Friday evening as the police arrived to arrest her. But she was not to be found. Tension prevailed at her house when the Banjara Hills police came to arrest her and TRS workers raised slogans against the police.

    The police who made unsuccessful attempts to pick her up from her house on Friday finally intercepted her car on Road No. 3 in Banjara Hills as she was bound for Siddipet around 12.30 p.m.

    She was proceeding to attend the filing of nomination by the TRS candidate for Siddipet Assembly constituency when the police stopped her convoy at a traffic intersection.

    The police pushed the MP into a waiting vehicle amid a scuffle. Making a dramatic appearance (after the police left, of course), the actor had complained, “I am unwell even then the police is to arrest me, without a warrant.”

    Ms. Vijayashanti was driven to Nampally court complex and produced before a magistrate who remanded her in judicial custody till July 15. Soon after she walked into the jail, news came that she was granted bail on personal bond for Rs. 1,000.

    She has been charged under section 53-A (Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth and residence) and 505(2) (Statements creating or promoting enmity, ill-will or hatred between classes), the Police said.