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Widespread arrests mark eve of ‘Million March'

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Police checkposts put up in several Telangana districts; 1,200 held in Nalgonda

Tight vigil: A policeman enquring with passengers proceeding to Hyderabad their purpose of visit in the compartments of Golconda Express in Warangal on Wednesday. -Photo: M. Murali
Tight vigil: A policeman enquring with passengers proceeding to Hyderabad their purpose of visit in the compartments of Golconda Express in Warangal on Wednesday. -Photo: M. Murali

A large number of people from various districts in Telangana were detained by the police to prevent them from reaching the State capital to participate in the ‘Million March' on Thursday.

Vehicles checked

The police also checked vehicles proceeding to Hyderabad in various parts of Karimnagar district. The force was deployed at railway stations in the district. In Adilabad, ‘shadow' teams of police followed the leaders of parties.

The police kept an eye on leaders and people wanting to go to Hyderabad.

In Nalgonda, as many as 1,200 supporters of TRS, BJP and CPI – ML (New Democracy) were bound over. Violation of the bond, including participation in the programme, will entail forfeiture of the surety of Rs. 10,000.

The police have also posted 22 pickets and 14 check posts to keep a watch on travelling public in the district. The pickets were at railway and bus stations and important junctions on roads, a report from the district said.

Senior police officials here confirmed the arrests and said the idea was to prevent large congregations which would throw traffic out of gear in the city. Another report from Nizamabad said 15 check posts came up along the national highway passing through the district. About 150 Telangana joint action committee activists were bound over.

A senior police official said a close watch was kept on all types of buses, including RTC, and they were thoroughly examined at check posts. The TRS district president A. Ganga Reddy was among the people arrested.

KU tense

Over 300 people were arrested in Warangal where students on the campus of Kakatiya University were the pursuit of police.

Advocates staged a dharna at the office of the Vice-Chancellor in protest against arrest of students. Armed policemen moved on the campus and elsewhere in the district headquarters town.


  • In Adilabad, shadow teams of police tail leaders of parties
  • Over 300 people arrested in Warangal


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