Protest turns violent in Kurnool; Students' Federation of India leader beaten up by police; woman injured

For the second consecutive day, Communist Party of India (Marxist) rank and file held demonstrations in front of the Collector’s office at Chittoor protesting the anti-people’s policies of the UPA-II and price rise which, they charged, had made life miserable for all sections, and called upon the people to forge a strong force to defeat the government in the next elections.

The leaders lashed out at the Central government for kneeling down before the USA and the MNCs and inviting them to India, while slowly withdrawing all incentives being extended to the poor and the working classes. District party leaders, led by Chaithanya and others, also criticised the ‘callous attitude’ of Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy towards the problems of the poor and the peasant communities.

‘Government should bear FSA’

The CPI (M) leaders also demanded that the government itself should bear the FSA being sought to be collected from the public. The demonstrators also raised slogans demanding 12 LPG cylinders per annum, introduction of universal public distribution system, distribution of house sites, agricultural sites, fulfilment of all promises made during the Rachchabanda and Praja Pathams held with a lot of fanfare.

Similar demonstrations were held by the party activists in front of the RDO’s office at Tirupati throwing normal work out of gear till the lunch session.

Skit enacted

The parody skit, which the party cadres enacted near the office during their dharna and exposed the inept governance of UPA-II, became a good side-show.

Ration shop dealers also held demonstrations both at Chittoor and Tirupati demanding scrapping of the Cash Transfer Scheme as it would spell a doom for their very future.

Lathi charge

CPI(M) activists’ protest at the Collectorate turned violent. The police resorted to lathi-charge to disperse the protesters. The CPI(M) leaders alleged that a few constables cornered SFI leader Naidu and beat him up severely. A woman worker, Prameelamma, was also injured.

Later, the CPI(M) activists turned violent and protested against the police at Two Town Station and ransacked the furniture.

Action sought

The protesters demanded action against the three constables who were responsible for the incident. The injured SFI leader was admitted to hospital for treatment.

Hundreds of activists under the leadership of CPI(M) district secretary Chandra Rajagopal staged a demonstration at the Collectorate protesting FDI in retail sector and demanding that the government check price rise instead of placing additional burden on the people

  • Protesters raise slogans demanding 12 LPG cylinders per annum to consumers

  • Ration shop dealers hold demonstrations demanding scrapping of Cash Transfer Scheme