Protagonists of ‘Samaikhyandhra’ go ahead with stir braving inclement weather
TIRUPATI: There was no let up in the dharnas and agitations going on in Chittoor district against the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. Braving torrential rains and inclement weather, protagonists of ‘Samaikhyandhra’ went ahead with their stir in Tirupati, Chittoor, Srikalahasti, Palamaner and other places.
Praja Rajyam president and Tirupati MLA Chiranjeevi dropped his earlier move to sit on a dharna at Tirupati. The hurried cancellation is said to be due to apprehensions over the possible backlash over the dharna in Telangana region. It is not immediately known whether actor Mohan Babu, who was also planning a similar dharna at Tirupati on Thursday, would beat a quick retreat or stick to his programme.
Barring sporadic incidents in Tirupati, the agitation was by and large peaceful in the district, though normal life and trade continue to remain disrupted. Irate students agitating under the banner of the JAC set afire a government jeep parked near the SVU Administrative building. Five persons were said to have been taken into custody in connection with the case. In another incident, students smashed the glass panes of the zoology laboratory even as some conducted a ‘mock homam’ before the SVU campus seeking divine blessings for Samaikhyandhra.
Students of SP Mahila Viswa Vidyalayam and the SV Veterinary University also continued their boycott of classes and held dharnas. Local Muslims also threw their lot behind the integrationists.
In a freak incident, two agitators suffered serious burn injuries at Piler when they were trying to torch the effigy of TRS leader, K. Chandrasekhar Rao doused in petrol. Mahaboob Basha, whose condition turned critical, was rushed to SVIMS, Tirupati while Chand Basha is recovering at Piler Hospital.
At Chittoor mediapersons and railway police were locked in a row amid heavy pushing and jostling, when police prevented videographers of private news channels from taking a picture inside the railway station. At Tirupati traders under the banner of the Chamber of Commerce and Industries held a dharna at Krishnapuram Thana. Expressing serious concern over the adverse impact of the agitation on the public and their business, they threatened to permanently close down their shops if the government failed to find an amicable solution to the Telangana imbroglio within one week.