Police attempt to foil lawyers' hunger-strike fails

A high drama unfolded at the City Civil and Criminal Courts Complex in the early hours of Thursday. The police forcibly lifted three persons, who were at the hunger strike camp, around 6 a.m.

The police, who were present in good numbers, sent them away in a jeep. But they soon realised that they lifted the persons, who were not sitting on fast-unto-death.

They immediately brought them back, and dropped them near the camp.

The attempts by the police to foil the hunger strike failed as the agitating advocates came to know about the police plans. The advocates shifted Sunkara Krishna Murthy and T. Subba Rao, who were on hunger strike, to a room upstairs.

The police, who were unaware of these developments, forcibly lifted the three persons, including D. Buchi Babu, general secretary of the Bezawada Bar Association, and members S. Rambabu and A.K. Basha.

During the day, TDP district president and Mylavaram MLA Devineni Umamaheswara Rao visited the camp to express his solidarity with the agitating lawyers. BJP city president Kothamasu Venkata Pitchaiah and others took out a rally up to the courts to register their support.

He said four persons from his party would sit on relay hunger strike to press the government to take a decision with regard to the setting up of High Court Bench.

The doctors examined Mr. Murthy and Mr. Rao in the evening.

Their health condition was stated to be deteriorating. There was tittle-tattle that the police might lift them in night, and the media persons continued to remain on alert.