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Visakhapatnam: After violence rocked East Godavari district Tuni town, by kapus protesters demanding reservation, additional police and paramilitary forces rushed to coastal Andra Pradesh on Monday.

Police imposed prohibitory orders banning assembly of four or more persons across East Godavari district and beefed up security to prevent any untoward incident.

Senior police officials including additional director general of police (law and order) R P Thakur have reached Tuni to review the situation.

Police began investigations into Sunday’s violence in which a train, two police stations and 25 vehicles were torched. Fifteen policemen and four railway employees were injured in the violence.

The investigating officials were screening video footage to identify miscreants who torched train and police stations. The arrests are likely to be made later in the day.

Personnel of Andhra Pradesh Special Police, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Rapid Action Force and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) have been deployed in Tuni and other places in the district.

Kumar Viswajeet, the inspector general of police, north coastal Andhra, told reporters in Tuni that forces were deployed in all places and that they were ready to deal with any situation.

More than 3,500 security personnel were deployed in Tuni and other sensitive places in the district.

Security has also been tightened in Vijayawada with the deployment of special forces to prevent any violence.

Rail and road traffic between Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada restored late Sunday night after M Padmanabhan, a key Kapu leader, announced the withdrawal of agitation.

He, however, threatened to go on ‘fast-unto-death’ if the government failed to respond by Monday evening on the demand for including Kapus in the list of backward castes.

Several trains were cancelled or diverted since Sunday afternoon when protestors torched Ratnachal Express near Tuni station. All 24 bogies were gutted in the incident. Railway officials estimate the loss to be Rs.30 crore.

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu reviewed the situation with Director General of Police J V Ramudu and other top officials.

Terming the violence as ‘pre-planned’, Naidu asked officials to deal firmly with those involved.(IANS)

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In London, police arrested 276 people who blocked bridges and roads, while in Berlin, around 1,000 protesters blocked the Grosser Stern

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Climate protestors block the Mall leading to Buckingham Palace, rear, central London, Oct. 7, 2019. VOA

Climate protesters around the world started two weeks of demonstrations on Monday, engaging in acts of civil disobedience to demand action on cutting carbon emissions.

In London, police arrested 276 people who blocked bridges and roads, while in Berlin, around 1,000 protesters blocked the Grosser Stern, a traffic circle at the Victory Column.

The protests, organized by the Extinction Rebellion group, drew crowds of around several hundred people in cities across the world, including Austria, Australia, France, Spain and New Zealand.

In New York City, protesters threw fake blood on the Wall Street bull to display fears of a global economic meltdown caused by an environmental catastrophe. Police say they arrested around a dozen people who staged a sit-in at the bull.

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In this freeze frame made from a video, fake blood covers the iconic Charging Bull statue near Wall Street in New York, Oct. 7, 2019. VOA

Dutch police say they arrested 90 people who occupied a bridge outside the popular Rijksmuseum art gallery.

Extinction Rebellion says it expects protests to be carried out in 60 cities over the next two weeks. The group, which rose to prominence in April when it blocked traffic in central London for 11 days, says it is calling for governments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.

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The protests follow last month’s demonstrations carried out by millions of young people across the world inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. (VOA)