Staff Reporter

VIJAYAWADA: The Andhra Rashtra Praja Samithi (ARPS) leaders on Wednesday expressed their solidarity with their State president P. Surender Reddy, who began fast-unto-death in Nellore demanding separate Andhra State. On the occasion, they demanded that the Centre take necessary measures to bifurcate the State. ARPS founder vice-president Devireddi Ravinder Reddy and others demanded that the MLAs and MPs of the Andhra region mount pressure on the State government to transfer Anantapur SP M. K. Singh, who ordered lathi charge on the agitating students.

The elected representatives of the Andhra region remained silent though the students were caned. However, their counterparts of Telangana region made a hue and cry and ensured that the police officials responsible for the lathi-charge on OU campus were transferred, they pointed out. Unless they raised their voice against the lathicharge in SK University, their agitations would be treated as a drama, Mr. Ravinder Reddy said.