Fasting Manda Krishna shifted to hospital

Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: Madiga Reservation Porata Samithi (MRPS) founder Manda Krishna, who was forcibly shifted from his hunger strike camp in the early hours of Saturday, said he would go ahead with the State-wide bandh on Monday.

Bill on SCs

He went on an indefinite hunger strike on December 15 demanding that a Bill on categorisation of Scheduled Castes be introduced in current winter session of Parliament.

At Gandhi Hospital, where he was shifted, Mr. Krishna said that despite the Chief Minister’s assurance in Anantapurthat he would to New Delhi on Monday morning, the MRPS had decided to intensify agitation.

Only then would Dr. Reddy realise the seriousness of the MRPS’ demand and of the need to keep the pressure on, because December 23 was the last day of the winter session.

The MRPS leader said a little push from Dr. Reddy would help in AICC president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh realising that the demand of the Madigas was just.

Condition deteriorates

After doctors said that Mr. Krishna’s condition was deteriorating on the sixth day of his hunger strike, police forced their way into the well-fortified camp where volunteers stood vigil holding bottles with kerosene and brandishing match boxes and took him away.