Political leaders, officials and common folk take part in the festivities cutting across caste, creed and religious lines

The festival of colours, Holi was celebrated by people cutting across caste, creed and religion with great fervour and gaiety all over the district here on Thursday.

The political leaders, district officials and common folk joined the celebrations. Congress leaders MLA G.V. Ramana Reddy, MP S. Rajaiah and took part in the revelry.

At the district police office, SP Rajesh Kumar and others joined their ranks in celebrating the festival unmindful of their positions for the day.

Young boys dabbed in all colours were seen zooming past on their two-wheelers cheering passers-by and sprinkling colours all over. At several apartments in the tri-cities of Warangal, Hanamkonda and Kazipet, men, women and children joined the Holi celebrations.

Media men working in print and electronic media channels gathered in the morning hours at the Warangal Press Club premises at Balasamudram to celebrate the Holi festival.

Campaigning for the March 18 by-election to Adilabad Assembly constituency was subdued on Thursday as people celebrated Holi with gusto. The streets and localities became colourful as revellers sprinkled and applied colour to the near and dear ones and friends.

The celebrations had started the previous night itself with ‘Holika Dahan' being observed in localities and villages. People smeared colours after lighting of the pyre. People began visiting the houses of friends since early on Thursday in groups.

Officials and others also called on Collector A. Ashok and Superintendent of Police S. Tripathi in the morning. They too participated in the celebrations by playing with colours.

Holi, the festival of colours, was celebrated with pomp and gaiety in various parts of Karimnagar district on Thursday.

Collector Smita Sabharwal and her husband and APSP battalions commandant Akun Sabharwal, Superintendent of Police V. Ravinder, Karimnagar range DIG S.K. Jain also participated in the revelry. The police officials also danced to the drumbeats as part of celebrations and shared sweets.

Karimnagar MP Ponnam Prabhakar along with his supporters participated in the celebrations. Amid drumbeats, the MP and his supporters indulged in the revelry applied colours on each other.

Karimnagar legislator G. Kamalakar also celebrated the festival with his supporters in the town.

Since morning, people were seen moving in groups greeting each other and sprinkling colours.

Ban on swimming

Following a series of incidents of youth drowning during Holi revelry at the LMD reservoir, the police banned swimming and bathing at the reservoir on Thursday by deploying additional police forces.

The police did not allow anyone to swim or bath in the swirling waters of the reservoir.

Low key affair

Holi was celebrated here on Thursday on a subdued note with activists of the three major parites -- Congress, TRS, and BJP -- lying low. M. Adi Reddy, CPI district secretary, led the partymen in exchanging colours and pleasantries with other leaders and workers near Telangana Chowk.

The usual boisterous Congressmen who take out rallies under the leadership of former Minister and local MLA K . Venkat Reddy did not do so, as he is mourning the death of his teenaged son Prateek in a tragic road accident recently.

Prominent Telangana Joint Action Committee leaders too did not take part in the festival of colours. However, youngsters, including girls, played Holi on streets.

The real Holi celebrations took place in the bungalow of Superintendent of Police Navin Gulati where his colleagues, including Additional SP Lakshmikanth Rao, Nalgonda DSP Vijayakumar and others joined the revelry. They sprinkled ‘gulal' and colours on one another.

The other notable event was at the residence of local IBC channel head Echeuri Bhaskar who celebrated the festival with his wife Sailaja. Telangana JAC leader G. Amarender Reddy, Indian Medical Association district leader Pulla Rao and his wife Anita Rani joined the fun.

Holi was celebrated in Medak district on Thursday.

From morning onwards large number of youth moved on motorcycles with colour water filled bottles and sprayed on friends and passers-by.

Government Whip T. Jayaprakash Reddy participated in the celebrations with his supporters. At several places water showers with colour water was arranged where large number of participated in the programme dancing and playing for hours together.

The entire market remained closed till afternoon.