Check-posts on various routes leading to Hyderabad opened

Undeterred by the police arrests and checking at several check-posts on the way to Hyderabad, several Telangana protagonists and pro-Telangana activists from various parts of the district are proceeding in large numbers to participate in the ‘Million March' programme on Thursday.

Camping

Already several pro-Telangana activists have been camping in various parts of Hyderabad to make the programme a success. Besides, people from the district residing in Hyderabad would also participate in the ‘Million March' demanding the Union government to announce separate Telangana State, the sources said.

In the meantime, the district police have opened around 20 check-posts in various routes proceeding to Hyderabad. Police are checking all the vehicles proceeding to Hyderabad and arresting Telangana JAC leaders at Algunur, Bejjanki, Shanigaram, Huzurabad, Elkathurthy, Ibrahimpatnam, Sircilla, Husnabad and others places. Police forces were also deployed at Ramagundam, Peddapalli, Jammikunta and other railway stations to stop Telangana protagonists from travelling to Hyderabad.

Talking to The Hindu on Wednesday, TRS Karimnagar MLC Naradasu Laxman Rao condemned illegal arrests of the pro-Telangana activists, who were proceeding to Hyderabad to participate in peaceful programme to show their strength for the cause of separate Telangana.

“If the government tries to foil the peaceful programme, then it would turn into violent mode following the provocation and the government should own responsibility for any eventuality,” he warned.

Flaying the State government for suppressing the statehood movement with undemocratic arrests, he said that even the British rulers have shown some concern for the peaceful democratic freedom struggle during the Independence movement. “But, the leaders here are bent upon diluting the cause of statehood by using highhandedness on the peaceful demonstrators,” he charged

He claimed that already over 10,000 people have reached Hyderabad for the march. “Hyderabad is part of Telangana State and we have every right to stage democratic protests in the city demanding the Union government to abide by its December 9, 2009 statement on Telangana,” he pointed out.