The head of the Kakinada Sri Peetham, Swami Paripoornananda, who was to lead the march against those making 'anti-Hindu' statements, was prevented from coming out of his house to take out the yatra for which police had denied permission, they said.
Following this, a large number of followers of the swami and members of different Hindu organisations gathered near his house, police said.
Paripoornananda had recently demanded arrest of Telugu actor and film critic Kathi Mahesh over his alleged statements against Hindu deities and said the actor had 'hurt' the sentiments of Hindus, they said.
Permission for holding agitations against the actor's statements was not given in any part of the state, they added.
He said around 20 members of different organisations were taken into preventive custody when they tried to hold a protest over the issue.
He had demanded that government bring in a legislation immediately facilitating "severe punishment to mischievous elements whoever decry and defame the gods and goddesses of any religion through any media or in any other form."
Instead of responding to this demand, Telangana government, having given formal permission to the padyatra, resorted to house-arrest on the grounds that "some anti-social elements are likely to cause law and order problem during the padayatra," organisers alleged.
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