Undeterred by several restrictions imposed by the district administration , the milk producers of Karimnagar district Milk Producers Company Limited successfully conducted their general body meeting at the Padmanayaka Kalyana mandapam in Karimnagar town on Saturday.
Ever since the Karimnagar district milk producers mutually aided Cooperative Union Limited was converted into Producers Company as per the Companies Act, Karimnagar MP Ponnam Prabhakar and former legislator Bomma Venkateshwar have been opposing the conversion. The Karimnagar Milk Producers Company Limited had decided to convene a general body meeting with the milk producers on Saturday. However, the district cooperative officer had served a notice stating that the dairy had no right to convene a general body meeting as it had violated the AP Mutually Aided Cooperative Societies Act of 1995.
When the Dairy chairman said that they had not violated any APMACS Act and they would conduct the meeting as per the Companies Act, the Karimnagar RDO Sandhya Rani had promulgated section 144 stating that there would be law and order problem, and deployed heavy police restricting the entry of milk producers into the premises.
On the other hand, the police also announced the house arrest of dairy chairman Rajeshwara Rao and managing director V. Hanumantha Reddy and deployed police in front of their residences.
The milk producers from various parts of the district had started arriving at the dairy to attend the general body. When they were informed about the restrictions and house arrest of the chairman, they visited Rajeshwara Rao’s house and decided to conduct the meeting at his residence.
But then all milk producers visited the Padmanayaka kalyana mandapam and conducted the general body meeting, electing director A Narayana Reddy as the temporary chairman. The meeting discussed the agenda and returned to the dairy for lunch.
However, the police did not allow them into the premises and arrested several milk producers and shifted them to the police training college on the outskirts. Dairy Chairman Ch Rajeshwara Rao said that they would challenge the notice served by the district cooperative officer in the court of law. He said that the Karimnagar Dairy was an autonomous body and the DCO could not impose any restrictions.