Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD: Protesting the hike in prices of petrol, diesel and essential commodities, the Ranga Reddy district council of the Communist Party of India staged a dharna in front the Ranga Reddy district Collectorate on Wednesday.

Efforts foiled?

However, after some time, when the district Collector refused to meet them and their efforts to barge into his chambers were foiled by the police, they resorted to staging a ‘rasta roko' in front of the Collectorate.

Some members including its State executive member Chada Venkata Reddy and district secretary N. Bala Mallesh were taken into custody by the police.

They were later released on bail.

Attacking the Rosaiah government for the steep hikes, Mr. Reddy said the government was burdening the common man by imposing heavy taxes and not controlling the prices of essential commodities and bus fares.

‘Eleventh time'

“This is the eleventh time petrol and diesel prices were hiked by the UPA government after it came to power,” he said.

The party also denounced the State government's drive against bogus ration cards reasoning that genuine ration card holders might be affected in the process.