Chief Minister forced to wind up speech in less than five minutes in Warangal district
Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy was forced to end his speech in less than five minutes after a sudden commotion in the crowds that turned up for the public meeting here on Thursday.
Unprecedented number of policemen everywhere, endless frisking and impolite behaviour of police angered the people. During his brief speech, Mr. Kiran said Telangana issue could only be solved by the Centre and there was nothing in the hands of State government.
“The Srikrishna Committee has submitted its report. The Centre will take a decision which will be implemented by the State government,” he said while women rose and raised slogans in support of Telangana.
Mr. Kiran said development should not suffer just because of the issue. But not many were ready to hear him and sensing their mood, he hurriedly ended his speech.
Earlier, at the Rachabanda meeting at gram panchayat office too, a section of journalists shouted slogans disrupting Mr. Kiran's speech.
Reserve Inspector M. Ramesh and ASI D. Upender posted at the dais behaved rudely with the reporters who only sought guidance about how to get into the press enclosure. Innumerable checkposts and endless frisking compounded the problem. Women from surrounding hamlets felt deceived as they were made to wait for over three hours without water under the blazing sun. The police even confiscated water bottles from the reporters.
Meanwhile, the bandh call given by the TRS and other organisations was total and peaceful. Banks, petrol bunks, educational institutions and shops were closed. The RTC suspended its operations and auto-rickshaw drivers too voluntarily observed bandh.