Clashes mar protest by BCs

Special Correspondent
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The dharna was organised to condemn attack on PR MLA

Call for unity: BC leaders staging a protest in Hyderabad on Sunday. - Photo: Mohd. Yousuf
Call for unity: BC leaders staging a protest in Hyderabad on Sunday. - Photo: Mohd. Yousuf

A dharna by Backward Class organisations in protest against the recent attack on Praja Rajyam MLA E. Anil Kumar near Indira Park on Sunday turned violent as the participants clashed among themselves during speeches by leaders.

First, a section of the crowd beat up a BC activist Somasekhar when he questioned Garika Srihari, a leader of Gangaputra sangham, for targeting Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) president K. Chandrasekhar Rao in whose presence the MLA was beaten up at a similar demonstration at the same venue four days ago. Mr. Somasekhar insisted that the gathering focus on its action plan instead of blaming Mr. Rao. It led to frayed tempers against Mr. Somasekhar.

Within minutes, a leader of CPI (ML-New Liberation) Bora Subhash became the target of the irate crowd when he protested that he was ignored though his name figured as one of the speakers in the pamphlet released for the programme.

The Telangana Vimochana Samiti convenor and MLC K. Dilip Kumar deplored the incidents when a united struggle for separate Telangana was the need of the hour. He said the movement was not privy to an individual or a party.

He demanded apology from the TRS chief, Telangana Joint Action Committee chairman M. Kodandaram and irrigation expert R. Vidyasagar Rao for the attack on Mr. Anil Kumar.

Veteran leader Konda Laxman Bapuji announced donation of Rs. 25 lakh to a trust for welfare of BCs. The trust would also try to promote unity among BCs. He called for liberal donation from professionals to the trust.

Prof. P.L. Visweswara Rao of Osmania University criticised the TRS as a family concern dedicated to a particular community.



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