Padmanabham whose agitation in support of the demand had turned violent a few days back, began the fast at his native Kirlampudi village in East Godavari.

He demanded that the Kapu reservation issue be resolved in about three months and that Rs 1,000 crores be given annually for the benefit of the community.

He also sought that false cases should not be filed against the community members in connection with the violent incidents that took place when 'Kapu Garjana' (roar of Kapus) public meeting was conducted on last Sunday.

An inquiry by CBI may also be ordered into the violence in which a train, a police station and government and private vehicles were set on fire, he said.

Elaborate security arrangements have been made at Kirlampudi and other villages in East Godavari district in view of the fast by Padmanabham.

Two ruling TDP MLAs Thota Thrimurthulu and Bonda Umamaheswara Rao, who belong to Kapu community, held talks with Padmanabham last night as part of efforts to end the row.

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