Hyderabad: Defying the prohibitory order under Section 144 CrPC in force in the State capital, several thousands of Telangana activists managed to reach Tank Bund by removing police barricades and iron fencing on Thursday in connection with the Million March called by the Telangana Political JAC demanding tabling of a Bill in Parliament for formation of separate Telangana State.
The “Jai Telangana” slogan-shouting agitators were taken into custody and whisked away to distant police stations.
Unmindful of the huge presence of eagle-eyed police and paramilitary forces and the City Police Commissioner, Mr A K Khan, personally supervising security in the area, the Telangana activists barged towards the Tank Bund from different directions around 1 pm.
The people from different walks of life voluntarily gathered for the march planned on the lines of pro-democracy protests in Egypt. Singing pro-Telangana songs and playing games, the protestors, including women, remained on Tank Bund, the three km long road along Hussain Sagar Lake linking the twin cities.
Besides, activists of various political parties, students, government employees, lawyers, doctors, teachers, journalists, writers and cultural artistes joined the protestors despite the police sealing all the routes leading to the road.
The legislators and leaders of all political parties of Telangana region were arrested by the police wherever they were sighted. Eight Telangana Rashtra Samithi MLAs, led by Mr T. Harish Rao, who were proceeding from the Assembly towards the Tank Bund were stopped at the Control Room and taken into custody. With this, the TRS legislators raised slogans against the Chief Minister, Mr N Kiran Kumar Reddy. However, the TRS leaders gave a slip to the police while being shifted into a vehicle and proceeded towards the Tank Bund.
Meanwhile, a group of Telangana TDP legislators, who were proceeding towards the Tank Bund to join the Million March, were stopped at Kalanjali building opposite Police Control Room. With this, the irate legislators and the police personnel pushed each other resulting in injuries to several persons. Similarly, the BJP senior leader, Mr Ch. Vidyasagar Rao, and the Telangana TDP senior leader, Mr Errabelli Dayakar Rao, were arrested by the police at Basheerbagh crossroad.
Speaking to mediapersons later, Mr Harish Rao condemned the arrests of people who were agitating in a democratic manner. Stating that several leaders were injured in the melee, he charged the police with exceeding limits. He also lambasted the ministers of the region saying that “they were shamelessly sitting in the Assembly and directing the arrest of the MLAs.” He also demanded that the Home Minister, Ms P Sabita Indra Reddy, intervene and restrain the police from excesses.
The TRS chief, Mr K. Chandrasekhara Rao’s legislator son, Mr K Tarakarama Rao was arrested again near Tank Bund. Mr KCR’s daughter Kavita was also among the protestors. Meanwhile, the BJP State president, Mr G. Kishan Reddy, and senior leader, Mr Bandaru Dattatreya also reached Tank Bund, along with hundreds of party workers. Police also arrested 200 students of Veterinary College when they were proceeding towards Tank Bund.(NSS)