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Chandrababu Naidu's judicial custody extended till July 26

By Nairita Das

Dharmabad (Maharashtra), July 19 (ANI): The judicial custody of the TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu and 74 others was extended till July 26 after they refused to accept bail, with the Babhli barrage issue intensifying on Monday.

Earlier in the day, locals in Maharashtra's Dharmabad city on Monday alleged that they were baton-charged by the police, while protesting the arrest of Naidu.

Naidu and the other TDP MLAs remained under detention in Dharmabad.

The TDP had called for a shutdown across Andhra Pradesh on Monday to protest the arrest of Naidu.

The Maharashtra police on Friday arrested Naidu along with 75 other politicians, including MPs, state legislators and former ministers for violating prohibitory orders.

They were taken into preventive custody as they tried to visit the Babli Dam in Maharashtra to find out whether that state is grabbing more than its share of water from the River Godavari.

Naidu claimed he was there only to inspect the contentious Babhali Barrage project and to fight for Andhra Pradesh"s fair share of water.

Several educational institutions, cinema halls, petrol-filling stations and markets are likely to remain closed today.

Amidst concerns over the controversial project, TDP leaders want to see the Babli project ahead of their July 23 meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

An all-party delegation from Andhra Pradesh is expected to meet Dr. Singh this Friday. (ANI)

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