CPI (M) protest turns violent; activists held

Staff Reporter
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Stir was to protest the anti-people policies of State, Central governments

ON THE RUN:Police lathi-charging demonstrators in Nalgonda on TuesdayPhoto: Singam Venkataramana
ON THE RUN:Police lathi-charging demonstrators in Nalgonda on TuesdayPhoto: Singam Venkataramana

The two-day protests by the CPI (M) workers in protest against the anti-people policies of the State and Central Governments turned violent in Nizamabad on Tuesday.

Four party activists suffered bleeding injuries and three policemen were injured in the violence. At least half a dozen CPI (M) workers, including the party Central Committee member S. Veeraiah and district secretary Peddi Venkatramulu suffered blows in the lathicharge.

Tense situation

Tense situation prevailed in the area for an hour with the defiant agitators smashing the window panes of a police van and indulging in stone pelting. The trouble began when the CPI (M) activists tried in vain to remove the fencing to enter the Collectorate premises. Over 30 agitators were arrested. The injured were discharged from the district headquarters hospital after preliminary treatment.

The Left party which launched the agitation on December 1 to press for the implementation of the charter of 14 demands and the alleged anti-people’s policies of the Centre and the State planned the “Chalo Collectorate” on December 10 and 11.

The CPI(M), meanwhile, called for rallies and protest demonstrations against what they described the unprovoked and indiscriminate lathicharge before all tehsil offices on Wednesday.

The party senior leader and former MP, P. Madhu, the MLC Ch. Seetharamulu and Central Committee member Y. Venkateswarlu will take part in the agitation to be held here on Wednesday.

Activists arrested

Karimnagar Staff Reporter adds:

The two-day CPI (M) picketing programme in front of Collectorate in Karimnagar ended here on Tuesday amid mild tussle with the police over the entry of agitationists into the Collectorate premises and their subsequent arrest.

The police arrested the protesters when they tried to gatecrash into the premises. In the tussle, a student activist, Shekhar, sustained injuries.

Party’s state leader T Sagar, district secretary G. Mukund Reddy, leaders A. Muthyam Rao, Y. Yakaiah, G. Jyothi, Srinivas, Ravikumar and others were present.

Condemning the police highhandedness and arrest of the activists, CPI-M district secretary Mukund Reddy said that they would stage protest demonstrations at all mandal headquarters on Wednesday and Thursday in the district.

Sit-in staged

Adilabad reporter adds: About 100 CPI (M) party workers picketed the district collectorate by staging a sit-in near the entrance of the building here on Tuesday.

The 15 demands included stopping of power cuts and scrapping of “merchant” power plants.

Other demands included decrease in taxes on petroleum products, providing 12 gas cylinders per year to every family, immediate elections to Municipalities and rejection of FDI in retail by the State government.

Party leaders Lanka Raghavulu and Bandi Dattatri led the protest. Police arrested the protesters and released them later.

  • Party leaders held when they tried to gatecrash into the Collectorate premises

  • Police action condemned; more agitations planned in the next two days

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