Journalists demand expulsion of Minister from the Cabinet
KARIMNAGAR: The Andhra Pradesh Union of Working Journalists (APUWJ) Karimnagar district unit leaders staged a massive dharna and rasta roko on the busy bus stand in Karimnagar town on Thursday in protest against the alleged attack on journalists by Minister for Animal Husbandry K. Parthasarathy and his supporters in Krishna district. Journalists led by APUWJ anti-attacks committee State convenor N. Shekhar, APUWJ district president T. Karunakar and general secretary K. Venkat Swamy and others participated in the dharna and rasta roko raising slogans the Minister. The traffic came to a grinding halt at the bus stand area forcing the RTC authorities to divert the bus services on other routes.
The police swung into action and arrested over 100 journalists and released.
The journalists submitted a memorandum to administrative officer in the Collectorate demanding the government to arrest the Minister and his supporters for attacking the journalists and safeguard the freedom of expression.
Nizamabad Staff Reporter adds: Journalists across the district on Thursday held protest demonstrations demanding the Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy take action against the Minister for Animal Husbandry K. Parthasarathy for his alleged abuses against the media persons representing two regional dailies in Krishna district on Wednesday.
Scribes under the banner of Andhra Pradesh Union of Working Journalists (APUWJ) and Journalists Association of Andhra Pradesh (JAAP) held a rasta roko near Tahsil Office in Yellareddy town. District Collector Sunitha and local MLA E. Ravinder Reddy, who were on an official tour of the town, were caught up in the traffic snarl for ten minutes due to the rasta roko.
The agitating journalists later submitted a memorandum to the Collector urging her to forward it to the government for action against the erring Minister for his highhanded attitude. They also called upon the government to withdraw the police cases implicated against the scribes at the behest of the Minister in question.
Meanwhile, journalists also took out a silent rally in the district headquarter before submitting a memorandum to the Joint Collector M. Jagannatham on the issue.
Adilabad Staff Reporter adds: Journalists in Adilabad on Thursday protested the assault on reporters by the followers of Minister Parthasarathy and demanded for the expulsion of the Minister from the Cabinet. In a memorandum submitted to District Revenue Officer K.Y. Naik, journalists resented the manner in which the Minister verbally abused the reporters and encouraged assault on them. They also demanded arrest of the assaulting Congress party workers.