Pro-Telangana activists descended in large numbers at Achampet on Thursday to take part in the funeral procession of Dinesh Chandra, who had committed suicide for the cause of a separate Telangana in Hyderabad on Wednesday.
Raising “Jai Telangana” slogans, activists and politicians from various parties, bid farewell to the 21-year-old engineering student. As part of paying tributes to Chandra, commercial establishments shut their operations voluntarily, education institutes and other outfits remained closed in town.
Speaking on the occasion, Telangana Nagara Samiti chief Nagam Janardhan Reddy appealed to students and youngsters not to commit suicide for Telangana.
“This should be the last death for the cause and the government should realise the people’s desire and announce a separate Telangana at the earliest,” said Mr. Reddy.
YSRC district convenor Yedma Kishta Reddy was left embarrassed when activists, particularly students and youngsters, demanded that he leave the procession.
Though Mr. Kishta Reddy tried to convince them that he was committed to the cause of a separate Telangana, they did not relent and finally he had to leave the procession.
ABVP members and other student organisations demanded that P. Ramulu, TDP MLA, from Achampet immediately resign and fight for the cause of a separate Telangana. They later appealed for support for Mr. Chandra’s family. Ramesh Gupta, Chandra’s father, who works as an accountant in a private firm performed the last rites.
Several leaders, including TRS district convener Vittal Rao Arya, BJP State secretary T. Achary, T-JAC district leaders G. Rajendar Reddy, Raghavachary, Chandru and others took part in the funeral procession.
Telangana activists gather to bid farewell to Dinesh Chandra Yedma Kishta Reddy asked to leave the procession by activists
Telangana activists gather to bid farewell to Dinesh Chandra
Yedma Kishta Reddy asked to leave the procession by activists