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'Samara Deeksha' in Hyderabad

January 27, 2013

Protesting the Centre's delay in announcing a decision to resolve the Telangana issue, various organizations in Telangana are staging protests in Hyderabad. Titled 'Samara Deeksha', the protests are led by the Telangana Rashtra Samithi, Telangana Joint Action Committee and Telangana Students' JAC.

The TRS party leaders and party workers took up a rally and reached Assembly to stage the 'Samara Deeksha'. They were denied permission to stage a rally to Indira Park. The MLAs staged the protest in front of the Assembly gate near the Gandhi statue. TRS floor leader Etela Rajender, MLAs T Harish Rao, Jupally Krishna Rao and others staged a sit-in for the protest. They raised pro Telangana slogans and protested the Centre's attitude on the Telangana issue.

Meanwhile, the Telangana Political JAC is staging a protest at the JAC office in New MLA quarters. The JAC leaders were stopped by the police in the morning and had started the protest at the office itself. Speaking to media, chairman of Telangana JAC Prof. M Kodandaram said MLC Chukkaramayya spoke to Home Minister Sabitha Indra Reddy seeking permission to 'Samara Deeksha'. The Home Minister reportedly told the MLA that she would inform him once a decision on the granting the permission is made.

Etela Rajender alleged that the police are taking TRS party workers into custody since last night to prevent the Samara Deeksha. He said they will not rest till the Government is collapsed. Rajender also demanded the Telangana ministers to reveal their future course of action if the Centre doesn't accord permission for the formation of a Telangana state.

TRS MLA K Taraka Rama Rao was arrested by the police at New MLA quarters and taken to Kanchanbag police station.

Police arrest OU JAC leaders

Meanwhile, the police have resorted to tear gas against the Osmania University students who took up a rally to lay siege to Raj Bhavan. The leaders of the Student JAC entered into an argument with the police who appealed to the students to withdraw the rally. The police fired two shells of tear gas to chase away the students at the NCC gate. The Students earlier took up a bike rally, which was stopped by the police. Heavy police forces were deployed in the Osmania University campus to prevent any untoward incident.


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