Protests staged in front of Sabitha, Jana's houses; eggs hurled at Danam's car
The police arrested 18 activists of the women's wing of TRS when they tried to force their way into the residence of Home Minister P. Sabita Indra Reddy at Srinagar colony on Sunday.
They were protesting that the police harassed women by arresting and booking cases against them for taking part in the ‘rail roko' agitation on Saturday. They alleged that being a woman herself, the Home Minister was a passive spectator.
The police stopped the women led by TRS women's wing president Tula Uma at the barricades near the Home Minister's house as they tried to push through. Eighteen of them were arrested and shifted to Banjara Hills police station.
In a separate incident, half a dozen advocates were taken into custody when they were staging a demonstration in front of Panchayat Raj Minister K. Jana Reddy's house near the MLAs colony at Banjara Hills. A scuffle ensued when the advocates resisted the arrest saying they were only staging a silent protest. The advocates were demanding the resignation of Ministers from Telangana to mount pressure on Centre to concede Statehood.
A group of 16 ABVP activists were arrested when they tried to stage a dharna with the same demand of resignations near the Ministers residential campus at Banjara Hills.
Meanwhile, Labour Minister Danam Nagender on Sunday lost his cool andallegedly thrashed a motorcyclist accusing him of hurling eggs on his vehicle.
An incensed Mr. Nagender grabbed a baton from a constable and started chasing Shravan Kumar, an executive from Addagutta, where he went to inaugurate a clinic. As soon as the Minister came to the venue, a group of TRS activists accosted him demanding his stand on Telangana.
Amidst the melee, a few eggs were hurled on his vehicle and some unidentified persons started to run away from the spot. The Minister got down from his vehicle and on noticing Kumar and his friend Narasimha Yadav trying to flee on their bike, caught hold of the former while Yadav managed to escape from the spot.
After taking few blows, Kumar jumped into an adjacent compound wall. The Minister's associates barged into the premises and despite police constables trying to bar them, repeatedly kicked and punched Kumar resulting in injuries to him.
Soon, a contingent of TRS activists led by their city general secretary D. Srinivas landed at the Tukaram Gate police station and staged a demonstration protesting against the police refusing to book a case against the Minister lodged by Kumar.
The TRS leader claimed that Kumar was innocent and was in no way connected with the incident. “Without enquiring about actual persons' involvement, the Minister beat him up brutally,” charged Mr. Srinivas. The police later based on a complaint lodged by Kumar, registered a SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities Act) against Mr. Nagender. The police said video footage would be examined to find out the truth.