Protest outside Parliament House

As the Telangana Bill was being tabled by the Central government in the Lok Sabha on Thursday, there were dramatic scenes outside the Parliament House as the volatile political atmosphere had also spilled onto the streets.

  There were continued protests by supporters of Telangana and Seemandhra forcing the police to deploy a heavy contingent near Vijay Chowk.

“The division of a state should be for the betterment of people of the region, but this is going to be deteriorating,” a protester said. The situation went out of control when the two groups clashed at around 11.30 am. It forced the police to intervene and forcibly remove the protesters.

“Around 60 of the protesters were detained to bring the situation under control,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) S B S Tyagi. They were taken to Parliament Street police station and released after an hour.

Tyagi, who was personally present at the protest site, had tried to negotiate with the protesters, but decided to use force when the situation deteriorated. No formal FIR was registered against them.

“None of those detained were Members of Parliament of Members of Legislative Assembly,” another officer added.

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