Praja Rajyam MLA E. Anil Kumar ran for his life in full public view as he was beaten up by an irate mob during a Telangana JAC-sponsored dharna near Indira Park here on Thursday.
He was led to run to his car by his gunmen and police who came to his rescue after the crowd attacked him physically and also hurled ‘chappals', lime and guavas picked up from nearby vendors. He was also hit on the head with a stick.
The police bundled him into their vehicle and dropped him near Katta Maisamma temple on Lower Tank Bund road. The incident took place as soon as Mr. Kumar who represents Balkonda Assembly constituency in Nizamabad district arrived at the dharna to extend support to separate Telangana. The crowd got impatient seeing the MLA as he was reported to have raised ‘Jai Chiranjeeva' slogan at a meeting of PR at Vizag a few months ago.
BJP leader Vidyasagar Rao who was addressing the dharna at that time prompted the MLA to shout ‘Jai Telangana' but this did not stop the crowd from landing blows on the latter. TRS chief K. Chandrasekhar Rao and others on the dais watched helplessly.