Kapu protest: Mudragada’s fast enters second day

The fasting being observed by former minister and Kapu leader Mudragada Padmanabham and his wife Padmavathi to demand inclusion of the community in Backward Class category entered the second day on Saturday.

Padmanabham, whose agitation in support of the demand had turned violent few days back, began the indefinite fast on Friday at his native Kirlampudi village in East Godavari district along with his wife.

Kirlampudi circle inspector Prasad Rao said a team of doctors visited the leader and his wife and advised them to take complete rest.

Meanwhile, some supporters and close relatives also visited them to inquire about their health, he said. According to sources, the situation has been peaceful in the district though small groups of people staged silent protest in the village.