SpecialCorrespondent

HYDERABAD: Fasting Madiga Reservation Porata Samiti (MRPS) founder president Manda Krishna has warned of retaliation by members of his community if the Government provokes them by obstructing their protest demonstrations.

Speaking to reporters at his indefinite hunger strike camp behind Jubilee Bus Station here on Monday, Mr. Krishna claimed that the leaders of MRPS in all districts were arrested by the police on charges of holding demonstrations and blocking traffic. In fact, the demonstrations were peaceful but the police vitiated the atmosphere by arresting the participants, he said.

Mr. Krishna, whose fast entered the fourth day today, said he would continue the stir until Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy proves his sincerity by getting the report of the Usha Mehra Commission that went into categorisation of SCs and getting it tabled in the Parliament before its budget session ends on May 9. He said that he would not withdraw his fast on the basis of Dr. Reddy’s assurance that the latter would take steps for categorisation of SCs. He had given the assurance on 15 occasions since January 1, he said.

Mala Mahanadu stir

Mr. Krishna said a parallel hunger strike by Jupudi Prabhakara Rao, president of the rival Mala Mahanadu, lacked justification as it was launched to cover up the latter’s lapse in accepting the post of MLC offered by the government. Meanwhile, Mr. Rao said he would continue the stir until the government gives a commitment that it would not pressure the Usha Mehra Commission to submit its report.