JAC condemns the alleged dilatory tactics of the Centre in announcing Telangana
The disclosure of contents of Justice B.N. Srikrishna Committee report rocked the district with day long agitations by Telangana protagonists across it on Thursday.
Rasta rokos, burning of effigies of the committee and Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram and dharnas of various sections of the people marked the day. Bandh was also observed at a couple of places protesting against the contents in the report.
No untoward incident was reported from any part of the district during the agitations. However, five persons were taken into preventive custody under Section 151 CrPC when they went to the residence of the TDP MLA G. Govardhan for picketing. The situation was totally under control, according to Superintendent of Police K. Venkateswar Rao.
Human chains were formed in Kamareddi, Armoor, Nizamabad and Banswada. In Bodhan processions were taken out protesting against the committee report. As soon as the report was out bandh was observed in Nandipet mandal headquarter. The JAC strongly condemned the alleged dilatory tactics of the Centre in announcing Telangana.
At district headquarter town working and non-working journalists under the banner of Telangana Journalists Forum staged relay hunger strike demanding the immediate introduction of Bill for separate Telangana in Parliament.
The Telangana - JAC leaders I. Gopal Sarma, A.S. Posetty (TRS), V. Prabhakar (CPI-ML), Mallikarjun (CPI), Vanishree and Mallesh Yadav, Jugal Kishore Pande (BJP) expressed solidarity.
The TJF leaders Jamalpur Ganesh and A. Sailu made it clear that journalists would continue to support the movement for separate Telangana until the Bill was accepted in the Parliament. In Telangana University students reconstituted the JAC and took out procession before burning the effigy of Chidambaram.
They decried the report saying that it complicated the issue rather than finding solution to it. Lawyers also boycotted courts.
Mahabubnagar Correspondent adds: Following the Sri Krishna Committee's suggestions over Telangana, various political parties, student and employee organisations staged protest demonstrations at district headquarters town of Mahabubnagar on Thursday.
Protesting against the Committee's suggestions, activists of the Congress party organised rasta roko at various centres in the town. The Congress leaders said, “We don't want suggestions from any committee nor any person. All we want is separate Telangana.” They also deplored that Srikrishna Committee has wasted the time.
Local MLA N. Rajeshwara Reddy, District Congress Committee president S. Prakash, DCC publicity secretary Benhar and other members participated in the protest demonstrations at Subash Chandra Bose junction.
Meanwhile members of Telangana JAC took out an impressive rally from Telangana Crossroads to Clock Tower centre in the town. Later, they formed a human chain at Telangana crossroads.
Telangana JAC Chairman G. Rajender Reddy said that the Union government should introduce a bill in the Parliament seeking separate Statehood for Telangana. “Failing which, we would intensify our protests and undertake non-cooperation movement,” said Mr. Reddy.
Members of TRS burnt the effigy of Srikrishna Committee, while TRS Mala Mahanadu members burnt the copies of Srikrishna Committee report at Ambedkar crossroads near Collectorate.
Members of Telangana journalists forum led by Goverdhan also took out a protest rally in the town and later they paid tributes to the martyrs of Telangana movement. Students of MVS Degree College staged a dharna near their college at Christianpally and later organised rasta roko, brining vehicular traffic to a halt.
Karimnagar Staff Reporter adds: There were widespread protests against the Srikrishna Committee report in Karimnagar district on Thursday.
Following the spread of the news of Justice Srikrishna Committee suggesting some options and delaying the formation of Telangana state, the students affiliated to the ABVP and other pro-Telangana activists have came on to the roads and staged a rasta rokos. The ABVP activists staged rasta roko at the Telangana Chowk. BJP town unit leaders set fire to an effigy belonging to Justice Srikrishna Committee at Telangana Chowk in Karimnagar in protest against the committee recommendations.
BJP leaders, led by its town president Bandi Sanjay and others, arrived at the Chowk demanded the government to carve out separate Telangana state by introducing Bill in the Parliament.
The CPI district unit leaders have set fire to an effigy belonging to UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi for failing to fulfil the promise of Telangana state.
The CPI activists led by its district secretary Marri Venkat Swamy and others participated in the programme and demanded the formation of Telangana state without considering the Srikrishna report.
On the other hand, the Central para-military forces have also come on to the roads from their barracks to avoid any untoward in the town and other parts of the district. The Central forces were deployed at all vulnerable spots in the town. Besides, the local police were also deployed at the residences of Congress and TDP elected representatives in the town to avoid intrusions and protests by the Telangana protagonists.
Similarly, the pro-Telangana activists have staged dharnas and rasta rokos in various parts of the district demanding the UPA government to introduce a Bill without considering the Srikrishna Committee report.
Sangareddy Staff Reporter adds: Alleging that the Justice Srikrishna Committee report was against the formation of separate state and injustice was meted to the people of the region, different organisations in Medak district held protest programmes across the district. Effigies of Justice Srikrishna as well as other members and the copies of the report were burnt by agitators at different parts of the district. Soon after the report details appeared in the news channels, the Telangana Journalists Forum led by its convenor K. Rangachary took a motor cycle rally from IB to the Collectorate and held a dharna before the Collectorate. Later a memorandum was submitted to Collector S. Suresh Kumar demanding to introduce a Bill for the formation of separate state in the Parliament. In the evening, the Telangana Non-Gazetted Officers (TNGO) Association held protests and all employees boycotted their duties at the Collectorate.
This was in response to the call given by the Joint Action Committee. Addressing a gathering at the Collectorate, T. Rajender, TNGO district unit president, said that nothing but formation of separate Telangana state would satisfy the aspirations of the people of the region. “Pen down strike will be observed on January 19, 20 and 21. Later on the fight will be intensified. We will not hesitate even to send away employees from Andhra area if required,” he warned.
Teachers participating in training classes at different places in the district boycotted their classes and came out. The same was happened at Narayanakhed also.
At Siddipet, rasta roko and rally was held by agitators at Ambedkar Chowk. D. Murali, an activist of TRS, attempted suicide by trying to power petrol. He was arrested by the police and taken to the police station.
At Naraynakhed, students held a protest before the residence of MLA P. Kishta Reddy demanding his resignation. The agitators burnt the effigy of Justice Srikrishna Committee at Gajwel. Protests were also held Zaheerabad, Ramachandrapuram and other places in the district. Many of the schools closed in the afternoon sending away students to home as a precautionary measure.