Hundreds squat on the road bringing movement of vehicles to a halt
Even before the contents of the Srikrishna Committee were made public, scores of students came out on to the roads at several places and brought the movement of vehicles to a halt.
A group from Kakatiya University reached the District Congress Bhavan and threw stones at the office breaking the windowpanes. Half a dozen of them were arrested and lodged in the Hanamkonda police station by the police.
Hundreds of students squatted on the road connecting Karimnagar district following which vehicular traffic came to a standstill for about an hour. Students from degree and junior colleges staged ‘rasta roko' at MGM Hospital junction, Mulug road junction and at Kaloji Narayana Rao statue. Shouting slogans against the State and Central government and hailing the stir for separate Telangana, hundreds of students marched on the road waving pink flags.
They threatened to resort to physical attacks against Congress and TDP leaders if they failed to resign their memberships to the Assembly and Parliament in support of the ongoing agitation for separate Telangana.
Panel effigy burnt
Members of the Telangana Advocates Association burnt the effigy of the Srikrishna Committee in front of the District Courts Complex and protested against its recommendations. Senior advocate Gudimalla Ravi Kumar said they would continue to agitate.
He said the committee members failed to take into consideration the aspirations and sentiments of the people of Telangana. “We demand that Congress and TDP MLAs and MPs should immediately resign and create a constitutional crisis paving the way for separate Telangana,” he said.
The TDP and BJP workers too took out rallies and burnt the effigies at Hanamkonda chowrastha and other localities in Warangal and Kazipet. Members of Telangana Journalist Forum undertook a one-day relay hunger strike on the Press Club's premises and vowed to fight for the cause. Meanwhile, the relay hunger strike launched by students on the KU campus reached the third day.