Warangal: The Minister for Handlooms and Textiles, Dr P Shankar Rao, had a bitter experience when he arrived here on Wednesday to offer floral tributes on the body of Telangana ideologue Prof. K. Jayashankar, who died on Tuesday.
On seeing the minister’s car, the Telangana activists attacked the minister’s convoy with stones and earth demanding that he immediately resign for separate Telangana. The incident took place in Hanamkonda town. Raising slogans of “Jai Telangana”, students and activists of various pro-Telangana groups hurled stones and footwear at the minister’s convoy.There was tension in Hanamkonda town when the police tried to discipline the irate protestors. The police personnel and the protestors pushed each other.
Police officials rushed to the minister’s rescue and escorted him to safety. Dr Shankar Rao offered tributes to the body. The window panes of the minister’s car were damaged in the attack. For the second day, the Congress leaders came under attack from mourners and Telangana activists. They also manhandled Congress MPs, Mr S. Rajaiah and Mr G. Vivek on Tuesday when they came to Prof. Jayashankar’s house to pay their homage. Angry mourners vowed not to allow the Congress and the Telugu Desam Party leaders to pay their respects to the late leader or attend his funeral. The protestors, including students of Kakatiya University, alleged that leaders of the two parties are responsible for the delay in formation of a separate State as they were not ready to quit their posts.