Demand for rollback in hiked power charges, 12 LPG refills
Cadres and leaders of the State Committee of Communist Party of India (Marxist) organised dharnas and picketing programmes in several district headquarter towns outside the Collectorates for the second day in succession.
Their demands included a rollback of hiked electricity charges and 12 LPG cylinders a year. In Karimnagar, there was trouble as police tried to prevent agitators of the CPI (M) from entering the Collectorate premises. A student activist Shekhar sustained injuries in the process.
There was a mild lathi charge in Mahbubnagar as the agitating cadres, led by district secretary Kille Gopal sought to lay siege to the Collectorate.
In Nizamabad, there was tension around the Collectorate for over an hour with defiant agitators smashing the windows of a police van and pelting stones. In the melee, a physically-challenged Naveen who had come from Kamareddi to collect his pension was also beaten up and police later offered him fruit juice.
Meanwhile, the party called for protests against the ‘unprovoked and indiscriminate lathicharge’ before all Tahsil offices on Wednesday . In Kurnool, a Students Federation of India leader was beaten up severely when he was cornered by policemen.