Students stage massive dharna, ‘rasta roko’

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Vociferous demand: Students staging a massive ‘rasta roko’ and dharna in Karimnagar demanding separate Telangana on Wednesday.
Vociferous demand: Students staging a massive ‘rasta roko’ and dharna in Karimnagar demanding separate Telangana on Wednesday.

Staff Reporter

Police foil attempts to damage statue of Indira Gandhi in Karimnagar

KARIMNAGAR: Mild tension prevailed in Karimnagar town on Wednesday when several hundreds of students affiliated to various student organisations assembled at Indira Chowk and staged a massive dharna and ‘rasta roko’ demanding announcement of separate Telangana State.

At around 12 noon, the students of various private educational institutions suddenly arrived at the Indira Chowk and started obstructing the traffic by raising slogans of ‘Jai Telangana’. When an RTC bus tried to break the cordon, the students damaged the window panes. Similarly, they also damaged the glass panes of an autorickshaw.

The students also tore away the vinyl posters of Karimnagar MP Ponnam Prabhakar and raised slogans against the Congress leaders. They rushed to damage the statue of Indira Gandhi, but the police foiled their attempts.

At one stage, a student tried to immolate himself by dousing kerosene. However, the police swiftly reacted and averted the incident.

The commuters travelling to various destinations in RTC buses were stranded for hours together following the massive rasta roko. Several shops and business establishments also downed their shutters following the students’ agitation.

Later, the students called off their protest and returned back. NALGONDA: Stepping up their ongoing agitation demanding a separate Telangana State, the activists of various pro-Telangana student unions and other organisations took out rallies and staged protest demonstrations in Nalgonda, Miryalaguda and other places in the district on Wednesday.

A section of the students of Mahatma Gandhi University staged a rally from the university to the bypass road and set ablaze the effigy of the Minister for Information Technology K. Venkat Reddy. The police dispersed the agitated students by resorting to lathi-charge and detained some of them later.

Meanwhile, some of the students of NG College observed a relay hunger strike under the aegis of the Telangana Vidyarthi Joint Action Committee in front of the college on Wednesday to press for statehood to the region.

Several artistes and poets also staged a demonstration in front of Jawaharlal Nehru statue in the town demanding separate Telangana.



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