AP govt firm on state day's celebrations

As a showdown seems inevitable, the administration has clamped Section 144 in the areas of official celebrations in the region, including the State Secretariat, Assembly and Raj Bhavan.

A day ahead of formation day, pro-Telangana students sought to lay siege to the residences of Chief Minister K Rosaiah and his ministers demanding the day not be celebrated in the region. Many were arrested. The leaders and members of Osmania University’s Joint Action Committee (JAC) tried to march towards the chief minister’s residence but were stopped by the police.

Raising slogans ‘CM down down’ and ‘Jai Telangana’, the protesters tried to force through the police barricades. Police pushed back dozens of students and arrested them.Another group of students tried to lay siege to Ministers’ Quarters in Banjara Hills area and Gandhi Bhavan. They clashed with the police and tried to advance towards the ministers’ residences, demanding that they stay away from the celebrations. Meanwhile, chief minister has urged agitators to wait for Krishna Committee which will submit its report to the Centre on December 31.

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