For not obtaining any permission or clearance from authorities, Vijayawada police tried to bring down a giant 90 feet cutout of Mahesh Babu at Alankar theatre in Vijayawada. Stunned by the ‘rule book’ acting of Police, Mahesh fans staged a dharna accusing that cops are acting ruthlessly, while another fan jumped into adjacent Eluru Canal that comes out from Krishna River. Other fans have immediately dived in and brought him ashore.
‘As Aagadu is releasing on August 19th, we have collected funds from various fans and are busy constructing this cutout from last three days. What are cops doing all these days when we are erecting? Is this ethical to bring the cut-out down after erection?’, some angry fans asked. However, Police stated that any hero’s fan associations should take permission from police and municipal authorities to place cut-outs. Such cutouts obstruct view and cause accidents on roads, and also they are a security threat too if any storm or cyclone occurs.