Hundreds of Telangana activists were arrested across the region for holding protests and demonstrations during the state formation day celebrations to press for their demand for a separate state. Many Telangana leaders and activists hoisted black flags to observe the day as ‘Telangana vidroha dinam’ (Telangana betrayal day).
The police, as part of the preventive measures, put Telangana Joint Action Committee (T-JAC) chairman Kodandaram under house arrest. As he was not allowed to go out to participate in any protest programme, Kondandaram hoisted a black flag in front of his house.
Another leader, Nagam Janardhan Reddy along with 15 associates, who went to Kodandaram’s house was taken into custody and whisked away to the Kacheguda police station. A miffed Nagam protested against the action in the station demanding to know the reasons for his arrest. He was released in the evening on a personal bond.
Telangana activists were kept at bay as there was heavy police presence at Tank Bund and in the vicinity of the NTR Stadium. But elsewhere they were able to hold the protests they had planned. 10 activists were arrested as they had come to Tank Bund to stage a protest at the Telugu Talli statue which was garlanded by chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy.
TRS leader Harish Rao condemned the action of the police for arresting hundreds of Telangana activists in all the districts of Telangana.
At the TRS office, Nayani Narasimha Reddy hoisted a black flag along with the party flag. He said the protests would be severe after the party discussions in Karimnagar on November 5-6.
Police arrested more than a 100 activists who hoisted black flags in Karimnagar. MLC Naradesu Laxman Rao was also arrested.
In Nizamabad, protestors hoisted black flags even at government offices. People stayed away from all official functions in response to the call given by T-JAC to observe the day as Telangana betrayal day. Empty chairs greeted officials at the functions as many political leaders also boycotted the functions.
Telangana protagonists hoisted a black flag at the district panchayat office in Nizamabad. Police tried to prevent the rally taken out by the activists and took them into custody after a scuffle.
Black flags were hoisted at the mandal parishad development office in Machareddy mandal and tehsildar office in Sadashivnagar mandal. In Adilabad, black flags were hoisted at the revenue divisional office, Nirmal, tehsildar offices of Ichchoda, Mamada, Khanapur, and Dilawarpur mandals. TOI