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All-party delegation meets CM and urges him to withdraw security forces at Singareni Collieries

September 18, 2011
Hyderabad

An all-party delegation met with Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy at the CM's camp office and submitted a memorandum to withdraw security forced deployed at the Singareni Collieries. They alleged that the workers who are on strike in support of a separate Telangana state are being forced to work by the personnel of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) who are deployed at the mines.

Congress MP G Vivekanand, TDP Telangana Convener E Dayakar Rao, MLAs Nagam Janardhan Reddy and S Venugopalachary and leaders of Telangana Rashtra Samithi and Bharatiya Janata Party are among the delegation who met the Chief Minister. The leaders said that they would visit Godavarikhani and other mining areas to show their support and express solidarity with the workers who are taking part in the general strike. The Chief Minister reportedly told the delegation that steps have been taken to ensure enough coal production was maintained for coal production.

The Telugu Desam Telangana Forum earlier said that the State Government is unable to bear the success of the 'Sakula Jana Samme' and deployed forces near the mines to abort the strike.

The Telangana Congress senior leaders are planning to meet Congress in-charge for State affairs Ghulam Nabi Azad as a last effort. Chairpersons of the Telangana Congress Steering Committee K Keshava Rao and K Jana Reddy told reporters that they intend to meet Ghulam Nabi Azad after September 25. The Communist Party of India (CPI) leaders urged the Central government to take immediate steps to solve the Telangana issue before the situation gets out of hand.

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