Several protesting leaders of Telangana JAC arrested and released later
ADILABAD: Activists of the Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) on Monday lay siege to the Collectorate building for about two hours, effectively barring the entry of officials and other employees. The citizen’s interface scheduled every Monday began belatedly due to the agitation staged as per the call of Telangana JAC at Hyderabad.
About a 100 activists squatted in front of both the gates of the Collectorate at about 10.30 am. They raised slogans in favour of a separate State.
Adilabad MLA Jogu Ramanna, appealed to the Union Government to come out with a time bound programme for carving out Telangana. The MLA was taken into custody along with 33 others as a preventive measure. They were lodged in the Two Town police station for some time before being released.
Elsewhere in the district, protesters also blockaded the RDO offices at Mancherial and Nirmal preventing employees from entering offices on time. Agitators staged relay hunger strikes at 57 places while traffic was blocked at 17 places.
CPI stages dharna
Karimnagar Staff Reporter adds: However the CPI members who wanted to lay siege to the Collectorate as part of the agitational programme were instead forced to stage a dharna in front of the Collectorate. The thwarted their attempt forcing the CPI activists to stage dharna. Police restricted the CPI leaders’ to stage only dharna in front of the Collectorate and allowed all the employees to visit their respective offices and attend to their duties.
CPI state secretary K Narayana, senior leader Chada Venkat Reddy, M Venkat Swamy and others participated in the dharna. Later, the Telangana JAC leaders staged a dharna demanding the separate Telangana state, in front of the Collectorate here on Monday. TRS legislators Etala Rajender and Koppula Eshwar , MLC N Laxman Rao, TDP legislator L Ramana and others participated in the dharna demanding the formation of Telangana state at the earliest.
On the other hand, the Congress district unit leaders led by Karimnagar Mayor D Shankar and the party corporators have participated in relay hunger strike programme demanding the Telangana state at Tower circle in Karimnagar town.
Arrests in Warangal
Warangal Staff Reporter adds: The police arrested leaders of various political parties while they were staging a demonstration at the District Collectorate. The arrested included D Vinay Bhaskar (TRS), E Dayakar Rao (TDP), M Dharma Rao (BJP). They were all shifted to the police station at Subedari. They were released in the evening.
Sangareddy Staff Reporter: The JAC members organised picketing before the Collectorate. However, the Congress which had sailed with JAC till yesterday, was not present in the agitation. All those agitating were arrested by the police and were released later. The traffic was diverted in view of the picketing.
In a related development, one Murali Mohan (25) of Dubbak committed suicide allegedly for Telangana by consuming pesticide. Angered with this, the JAC members held dharna before bus stand demanding a compensation of Rs. 10 lakh to the family of Murali Mohan and a government job. In another incident, Ch Nagaraj (24), native of Sultanpur village in Patancheru mandal immolated self for the Telangana cause, according to family members.
He sustained 60 per cent burns and was shifted to a hospital at Hyderabad for treatment.