Warangal: Thousands of pro-Telangana activists, on Wednesday bid a tearful farewell to Telangana ideologue Prof K Jayashankar, who died due to throat cancer on Tuesday.
However, the last journey of the late separate Telangana spearhead was marred by scenes of vandalism and desecration, after the activists attacked and damaged the statue of former chief minister and Telugu Desam Party founder NT Rama Rao.
The body was taken in a procession from Ekashila Park in Hanmakonda where it was kept to enable the people to pay their last respects, to Padmakshigutta cremation ground in Warangal via Hanumakonda bus stand. At Padmakshigutta cremation ground, Jayashankar’s adopted son Brahmam performed the last rites and consigned his body to flames.
Those who paid their last respects to the late Telangana ideologue included Telangana Rashtra Samithi president K Chandrasekhar Rao, Telangana Political Joint Action committee convener Kodandaram, students, lawyers, academic staff, non-teaching staff and others.
TRS Floor Leader Etela Rajender, MLA Harish Rao and many other prominent leaders were seen taking part in the funeral procession. The Telangana activists raised ‘Jai Telangana’ slogans right through the entire length of Prof Jayashankar’s last journey.
On the way, the Telangana activists paid tributes to the departed Telangana ideologue at the Martyrs’ Memorial.
In an unsavoury note, some activists went berserk and indulged in vandalism, damaging the statue of former chief minister and TDP founder N T Rama Rao at Public Gardens in Hanmakonda.
The activists also ransacked the furniture at the District Congress Committee office.
Earlier, the activists attacked the Minister for Handlooms and Textiles P Shankar Rao, who had come to pay his tributes to Prof Jayashankar.(INN)