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FIERY AGITATION: A jeep belonging to Revenue Department allegedly set ablaze by TRS activists at Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, late on Tuesday night.
FIERY AGITATION: A jeep belonging to Revenue Department allegedly set ablaze by TRS activists at Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, late on Tuesday night.

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Significant drop in blood sugar level of KCR, say doctors

HYDERABAD/KHAMMAM: Telangana Rashtra Samiti president K. Chandrasekhar Rao was administered fluids intravenously for the second time “much against his wishes”, nearly 24 hours after he resumed his indefinite fast at the Khammam district headquarter hospital on Wednesday.

But TRS leaders contended that Mr. Rao continued his fast for the third day and that the IV fluids were administered “forcibly” on the direction of the AP State Human Rights Commission. Hospital doctors said there was significant drop in blood sugar level of Mr. Rao. He was weak but his health condition was stable.

Labour Minister R. Venkata Reddy, who was rushed to Khammam, and district Collector V. Usharani met Mr. Rao separately and tried to convince him to accept IV fluids in view of his deteriorating condition. Talking to the media, the Minister said it was wrong to say Mr. Rao was given fruit juice forcibly on Monday.

Throughout the day, there was a battle of wits between TRS leaders and the government on the issue of shifting the fasting leader to Hyderabad. While his son and party MLA K.T. Rama Rao wanted him to be shifted to a jail either in Hyderabad or Warangal, the government appeared to be averse to the suggestion. In fact, the Labour Minister denied that Mr. Rao made any such demand.

The TRS chief’s fast triggered protests, some of them violent, across Telangana region. While there was tension in Karimnagar, hundreds of TRS workers and CPI-ML (New Democracy) workers staged protests outside the Khammam general hospital giving police a tough time. Elsewhere in Khammam town, TRS workers ransacked the camp offices of former Union Minister Renuka Chowdary and ex-Congress MLA Jalagam Venkat Rao.

A TRS worker, Dayakar, made an abortive attempt at self-immolation in Daulatabad mandal headquarters in Medak district protesting the arrest of his colleagues who attacked mandal revenue divisional office and mandal education office.

A tense situation prevailed in Warangal district as students of Kakatiya University campus continued their relay hunger strike. They burnt effigies of Chief Minister K. Rosaiah and senior Congress MLA J.C. Diwakar Reddy protesting their remarks against TRS. A vehicle belonging to Mines and Geology department was set ablaze at Hanamkonda.

Seeking support

The TRS has decided to send a five-member delegation led by former MP B. Vinod Kumar to New Delhi to meet national political leaders to brief them about situation in Telangana and seek their support for separate Telangana.

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