Telangana turmoil intensifies

Protesters set on fire two private buses and railway booking counter

Telangana turmoil intensifies

hard bargaining: BJP activists block traffic during a protest in Hyderabad on Wednesday. APA minister and two MPs belonging to the Congress on Wednesday had to face the ire of Telangana agitators, who wanted them to resign for the cause of a separate state, in Nalgonda town, about 100 km from here.

Teachers threw footwear, water bottles and chairs towards the dais when the leaders came to a hunger strike camp of teachers to express solidarity with them.  Police and party workers came to the rescue of Infrastructure Minister Komatireddy Venkatreddy and MPs Gutta Sukhender Reddy and K Rajagopala Reddy. Police resorted to  mild lathicharge to control the unruly teachers who damaged furniture at the venue.

The two MPs along with 13 others from the region had submitted their resignations in July, but the Lok Sabha Speaker has not yet taken a decision. The protesters wanted the leaders to visit them only after getting their resignations accepted. In yet another incident, unidentified people torched a private bus in Nalgonda district.

Meanwhile, several TRS and BJP workers were detained. K T Rama Rao, son of TRS chief K Chandrasekhara Rao, who was taken into custody for organising a road blockade, demanded Centre’s intervention into the matter before it is too late.

“The Central government should intervene, make a statement, and pacify the anger. The state government is trying to suppress the mass movement. If the situation goes out of control, tomorrow nobody will be able to stop it,” he warned.

CM’s assurance

Meanwhile, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy directed Director General of Police V Dinesh Reddy to take measures to maintain law and order in the state.

The CM instructed to ensure safety of citizens besides providing protection to public and private properties.  The situation arising out of 16-day-old Sakala Janula Samme was also reviewed in a high-level meeting. 

A decision was taken to increase security at important offices, shopping and industrial areas and power generation units. Modern equipment, including CCTV cameras will be utilised to detect the mischievous elements.

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