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CPI(M) activists arrested

FOR A CAUSE: CPI (M) State secretary B.V. Raghavulu being arrested by the police in Hyderabad on Friday. PHOTO: Satish. H

FOR A CAUSE: CPI (M) State secretary B.V. Raghavulu being arrested by the police in Hyderabad on Friday. PHOTO: Satish. H  

Special Correspondent

State secretary B.V. Raghavulu among those held

Party stages protest in support of agitating village servants Raghavulu vows to intensify the agitation from today

HYDERABAD: Communist Party of India (Marxist) State secretary B.V. Raghavulu was among 120 protestors arrested by the police and released later when they tried to force their way towards the Secretariat on Friday seeking solution to problems of agitating village servants.

Mild tension prevailed near the office of the Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad (MCH) at Liberty crossroads as the CPI (M) activists ran towards the Ambedkar statue at Tank Bund while a strong contingent of mounted police was posted on the road leading to Secretariat. Apparently, the partymen wanted to mislead the police and rush towards the Secretariat by taking a detour.

Crowds chased

The police got alerted immediately and chased the crowd ahead of the Ambedkar statue. Led by Mr. Raghavulu, the party workers offered some resistance as they were stopped by the police force. They were, however, pushed back and taken away in police vans. Condemning the police action, Mr. Raghavulu vowed to intensify the protests from Ambedkar Jayanti on Saturday. He said the Government was showing indifference towards the village servants, a majority of whom were Dalits and backward classes.

Wage hike

Meanwhile, the CPI (M) affiliated Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), which gave the call for a dharna, sought hike in the wages of village servants from Rs. 1,200 to 3,000 a month and regularisation of their services. The graduates among village servants should be absorbed as village secretaries, they said.

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