Politics | Andhra protests turn violent, Rao ends fast

Politics | Andhra protests turn violent, Rao ends fast

Hyderabad: The Telangana Rashtra Samithi’s (TRS) call for a shutdown in Andhra Pradesh’s Telangana region on Monday turned violent with party members resorting to damaging public and private properties, including at least 50 buses, said a senior police official.

TRS had called for the shutdown in protest against the arrest of its president, K. Chandrasekhar Rao, on Sunday. Rao was arrested before he could go on an indefinite fast to demand a separate Telangana state.

Hyderabad police recovered a bag containing 20 crude bombs near the National Institute of Nutrition, close to Osmania University, said another police official of the bomb disposal squad. Both the police officials didn’t want to be named.

K. Kishore, state coordinator of the TRS students’ wing, denied the involvement of Osmania University students. The police had charged on students in the university on Sunday when they took their protest against Rao’s arrest to the streets.

The state human rights commission has sought details from university authorities, government officials and students on the incident, said Jaya Vindhyala, a rights activist who moved the commission against the charge by the police.

On Monday evening, Rao, who had been shifted to a hospital, ended his 36-hour fast on the advice of doctors.