Atleast seven people have been killed after a stampede during the road show of TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu in Kandukur of Nellore District in Andhra Pradesh. According to reports, the incident occurred during the Naidu’s rally in the state. Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party was conducting a roadshow in Nellore at the time of the incident. He halted speaking shortly after the incident. People who were injured during the roadshow have been rushed to the local hospitals for treatment.
Meanwhile, Naidu promised 10 lakhs financial assistance to the families of the dead workers and education of their children through NTR Trust.
Over half a dozen reportedly dead after a stampede during the road show of #TDP chief #ChandrababuNaidu in Kandukur of Nellore Dist. Several injured taken to local hospitals for treatment. #AndhraPradesh pic.twitter.com/uQma24SkmW
— Ashish (@KP_Aashish) December 28, 2022
Based on the initial information, police claimed that there was a stampede-like situation at the canal as a result of crowds congregating at the location of the meeting and some public jostling, reported PTI.
In a tweet, Nara Lokesh, TDP national general secretary and Naidu’s son wrote, “The death of TDP workers is a great loss to the party. My deepest condolences to their families. Arrangements have been made to provide better treatment for the injured.”
కందుకూరు చంద్రబాబు గారి పర్యటనలో అపశ్రుతి తీవ్ర దిగ్భ్రాంతికి గురిచేసింది. మా కుటుంబ సభ్యులైన టిడిపి కార్యకర్తల మృతి పార్టీకి తీరనిలోటు. వారి కుటుంబాలకు ప్రగాఢ సంతాపం తెలియజేస్తున్నాను. క్షతగాత్రులకు మెరుగైన వైద్యం అందించే ఏర్పాట్లు చేశాం.(1/2)
— Lokesh Nara (@naralokesh) December 28, 2022
“I pray for their recovery. Telugu Desam Party will support the families of the deceased in all ways,” he added.
Meanwhile, BJP -State General Secretary of Andhra Pradesh Vishnu Vardhan Reddy has reacted on the incident and said, “more than 7 people died & many are injured in a stampede at TDP’s public rally in Kandukuru, AP. I request the YSR Congress Party govt to provide emergency-medical support asap. I’m praying for the speedy recovery of the injured & my deepest condolences to the victim’s family.. Om Shanti.”
More than 7 people died & many are injured in a stampede at TDP’s public rally in Kandukuru, AP.
I request the @YSRCParty gvt to provide emergency-medical support asap.
I’m praying for the speedy recovery of the injured & my deepest condolences to the victim’s family.. Om Shanti pic.twitter.com/Oqa5YNwaWG
— Vishnu Vardhan Reddy (@SVishnuReddy) December 28, 2022
“The death of TDP workers in Chandrababu Naidu Sabha is deeply disturbing. Losing 7 TDP family members at once is a tragedy beyond words. The death of activists is a great loss for the party. The party will support the families of the deceased activists in all ways. I pray to God that such incidents do not happen in the future,” said TDP State chief Kinjarapu Atchannaidu.
Over the past few days, Naidu has been engaged in a political campaign to oppose the YSRCP government in the state.