Leaders of the Paura Sankshema Sangham, who have been on an indefinite hunger strike, called off their fast on Thursday after Joint Collector Gaurav Uppal assured them that all pending government-related problems that did not have any financial commitment or required policy decisions would be resolved.
The Joint Collector along with Sub-Collector K. Dharma Reddy and Vijayawada Urban Tahsildar Ch. Ramesh Babu held discussions with four former corporators of the CPI (M) and six others after they refused treatment in the Government General Hospital.
The fasting leaders belonging to different wings of the CPI (M) were taken into custody and shifted to the GGH at the unearthly hour of 3 a.m.
When the hospital staff tried to put the leaders on saline drip by force, they resisted saying they would not accept any treatment until their demands were met.
Officials of the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation were also summoned to the GGH by the Joint Collector at the request of the agitating leaders. CPI (M) district secretary V. Umamaheswara Rao also arrived at the hospital to negotiate with the officials about the various demands that the Sangham has been campaigning for.
Dr. Uppal said that houses would be allotted to all eligible beneficiaries by January. Problems being faced by people with ration cards would be resolved as and when they were brought to his notice, Dr. Uppal said.