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Rail Roko rescheduled on October 12, 13 and 14

October 7, 2011

The Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC) has rescheduled the Rail roko agitation and decided to organize it on October 12, 13 and 14. The rescheduling was done to avoid clash with other agitation programmes as part of the Telangana movement.

The steering committee meeting was held where the decision to reschedule the Rail roko agitation was taken. TJAC chairman M Kodandaram and TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao briefed the media later. The three-day Rail roko was earlier scheduled to be organized on October 9, 10 and 11, but the TJAC has given priority to the 'maha dharna' in Hyderabad where more than 50,000 employees of government and Singareni Collieries will participate. The 'Maha Dharna' would be staged on October 11 at Indira Park. The JAC leaders would stage a bus tour in the mines on the 9th or 10th in solidarity with the Singareni Collieries employees. The TJAC extended general body meeting would be held at 2pm on Saturday to review the ongoing 'Sakala Janula Samme' agitation.

Speaking to reporters, KCR said that they have their strategy and they will put it in action without revealing it completely. He said that the happenings in New Delhi have gathered pace after their recent visit. He said that the extended general body meeting of JAC tomorrow will decide on the future course of action to be taken on the public representatives who have not yet resigned in the Telangana region. Kodandaram has reiterated that there is no question of calling off the general strike till the separate Telangana state is formed. Kodandaram alleged that while they are staging the protests peacefully, the Government is acting in a provocative manner by filing false cases on the agitators.

Police forces for protection of trains

The Government is also making plans to help the railway authorities run trains on October 12, 13 and 14 - the dates on which the TJAC has rescheduled its rail roko agitation. The Government seems to be in no mood to allow more suffering to the general public by the Sakala Janula Samme.

Chief Secretary Pankaj Dwivedi reviewed the Sakala Janula Samme with the railway, police and government officials and finalized an action plan that involves deploying police forces, particularly at places known for extremist activity. Another 100 buses would be added to the 900 vehicles now operated by the APSRTC in Hyderabad.


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