Police on Tuesday foiled picketing programme of the activists of the Communist Party of India(Marxist) who demanded immediate rollback of the ruling Congress party's alleged ''anti-people decisions'', including cap on LPG refills and FDI in multi-brand retail.
As many as 67 party activists were taken into preventive custody, II Town police said.
A high drama was witnessed in front of the Prakasam Bhavan as the activists put up a stiff resistance to efforts by the police to bundle them into police vehicles.
The activists provided a human shield to CPI(M) State Secretariat member Y.Siddaiah who took objection to the Union and State Governments competing with each other in imposing unbearable burden on the common people before he was bodily lifted into a police van.
Those taken into custody under Section 151 Cr.Pc. included CPI(M) City Secretary G.V.Konda Reddy, Party Chirala division Secretary P.Kondiah, Party Darsi division Secretary P. Rangan and Kandukur division Secretary Hanumaiah.
They urged the Centre to take back its decision to allow FDI in multi-brand retail and pressed for providing at least 12 cooking gas cylinders at subsidised rates per year.
Earlier, hundreds of activists came in a colourful procession to the busy Church centre, raising slogans in support of their demands.
They warned of more stirs to exert pressure on the state Government to bear fuel surcharge adjustment(FSA).
An activist hung vegetables to cross sticks even as another activist kept jumping in vain to catch them to symbolically highlight the plight of common people because of sky-rocketing prices of all essential commodities.
All essential commodities were out of reach for the common people as the Government periodically hiked the prices of petroleum products, they alleged.