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Chaos at Rachabanda meeting

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Protests by TDP, Left parties’ cadres over delay in allotment of house sites to the poor

People disrupting Rachabanda programme in Khammam on Tuesday.—PHOTO: G. N. RAO
People disrupting Rachabanda programme in Khammam on Tuesday.—PHOTO: G. N. RAO

A meeting convened as part of the ongoing Rachabanda programme at the Pavilion Grounds here on Tuesday ended abruptly owing to widespread protests by the cadres of the TDP and the Left parties over the inordinate delay in allotment of house sites to the poor and other long pending issues.

Tension gripped the venue when the police prevented the protesters from rushing towards the dais.

A section of the infuriated protesters hurled chairs and removed a tent erected at the venue in a fit of anger. Utter chaos prevailed when the police pushed them from the venue. An old man was reportedly injured in the melee, sources added.

Unruly scenes

The meeting witnessed unruly scenes at the very beginning as the TDP and CPI leaders took the officials to task seeking explanation for the alleged non-redressal of the pending public grievances. CPI district secretary B Hemantha Rao raised serious objection over the absence of the higher officials at the Rachabanda meeting convened at the district headquarters.

Commotion

The TDP and the CPI leaders came down heavily on the government accusing it of conducting the Rachabanda meetings in a rhetorical manner without redressing the pending grievances registered by people in the earlier phases of the Rachabanda programme. TDP MLC Potla Nageswara Rao and others were present.

Sources said that commotion prevailed at the Rachabanda meeting held near the SR&BGNR College here when a group of pro-Telangana activists staged a protest demanding removal of a banner with the picture of Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy at the venue.


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