Hyderabad: Tension prevailed in Telangana districts of Andhra Pradesh after police successfully scuttled the “fast unto death” program demanding statehood to Telangana region planned by the president of Telangana Rashtra Samithi, or TRS, K. Chandrasekhar Rao, on Sunday morning.
Threatening protests: TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao. PTI
Rao, also a Member of Parliament, was arrested at Alugunur near Karimingar when he was on his way to reach Siddipet in Medak district where he was scheduled to begin the fast. He was later produced before the magistrate of Khammam district and was shifted to the sub jail there, where he continued his fast.
The police took into custody several top ranked leaders of TRS including some of the members of legislative assembly and produced them before magistrate court in Medak and later shifted them to jail. Some of them were released on bail in the evening, while some preferred to stay back in jail, refusing to avail bail.
The police had also resorted to lathi charge in several places across Telangana districts to control the protests by the students and cadre belonging to TRS, who also took on to roads damaging the public properties, apart from attempts at self immolation.
TRS has called for Telangana Bandh on 30 November, protesting against the government’s anti-democratic move of aborting the fast unto death program of their chief in a peaceful and democratic manner. Aimed at maintaining law and order and at also fearing violence on 30 November, the government has sounded an alert in the Telangana region, comprising 10 districts including Hyderabad, and deployed several battalions of police forces, including rapid action force and anti-Maoist teams, into action.