Hyderabad, March 10 (IANS) Braving massive presence of police and paramilitary forces and violating ban orders, thousands of people, demanding separate statehood to Telangana, reached Tank Bund in this Andhra Pradesh capital for the ‘million march’.
Raising slogans of “Jai Telangana” and holding flags of various parties, the activists reached Tank Bund from different directions, though the police had sealed all the surrounding routes for vehicles.
The protestors broke the police barricade and removed the barbed wires at Ambedkar statue and were heading towards the road along Hussain Sagar Lake. The policemen deployed there were outnumbered by the protestors.
“The future of coming generations is more important for me than my examination,” said a student who reached Tank Bund immediately after writing Class 11 exams.
The protestors included students, political workers, employees and others from Hyderabad and various districts of Telangana.
Tension prevailed in the surrounding areas as police arrested legislators and leaders Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
The legislators were arrested at Basheerbagh as they were heading towards Tank Bund in different groups.
Police also arrested 200 students of Veterinary College when they were proceeding towards Tank Bund.