ANDHRA PRADESH

A violent twist to CPI(M) dharna

Staff Reporter

WARANGAL: The dharna by the CPI(M) demanding ration cards and house sites for the poor turned violent with the party activists ransacking the Joint Collector's chamber on Saturday.

They damaged the office furniture, computers, flowerpots and air coolers, broke windowpanes, pulled down windowsills and notice boards and threw out office records. Hundreds of party workers also staged a sit-in at the Collector's residence and the main office.

The police, who were controlling the mob outside the main gate, were caught unawares and by the time they got inside, the damage had been done. They soon brought the situation under control.

Scores of Left party members laid siege to the Collector's residence and prevented officials from entering the office. The police used mild force to disperse them. However, within minutes activists reached the spot in vans, tractors and jeeps in large numbers.

Assurance to cadre

The Additional SP, V. R. Kalidas, convinced the District Revenue Officer (DRO), K. Raja Rao, to give an assurance to workers. Mr. Rao addressed the gathering and said they would sort out issues in a month.

The CPI(M) district secretary, G. Nagaiah, said if the Government failed to allot house sites to eligible poor, the party would occupy the Government lands.

Later in the day the police arrested seven members of the CPI (M) holding them responsible for destruction of public property.

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