KCR may be arrested నవంబర్ 28, 2009Posted by Telangana Utsav in 1969, Congress, elections, G.O 610, Hyderabad, Karimnagar, Mulki, politics, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
KCR may be arrested
November 29th, 2009 Deccan Chronicle
By Our Correspondent
Hyderabad/ Siddipet, Nov. 28: The Telangana Rashtra Samiti chief, Mr K. Chandrasekhar Rao, is likely to be arrested before he begins his fast-unto-death demanding statehood for Telangana on Sunday in Siddipet at 11 am.
Police tightened security across the region and the elite Greyhounds were pressed into service. Around 3,500 policemen were deployed in Siddipet alone, said Warangal region IG Mr J. Purnachandra Rao.
Dozens of TRS leaders and activists were being picked up from dawn itself.
An indication of Mr Rao’s likely arrest came when Siddipet ASP Ms Jayalaxmi said no permission was given to him for the hunger strike. The Chief Minister, Mr K. Rosaiah, left it to the police “to act in accordance with the situation.”
“You have a free hand to maintain law and order and peace. You can take any action you feel is necessary, we won’t come in your way,” Mr Rosaiah told the police after a high-level review of the situation, according to sources. When an official asked if Mr Rao should be taken into custody before he proceeds to Siddipet, Mr Rosaiah reportedly replied: “It is for you to take a decision.”
Mr Rao asserted that he would go ahead with the fast as he was unable to see the injustice done to the people of Telangana. Even if he was arrested, he would continue his fast in jail till his demands are met, he said.
He plans to start from his residence in Karimnagar at 9 am, offer prayers at the Venkateswara temple at Polepally and reach the venue of his fast at Siddipet. “I believe in God. I was advised by pundits to launch fast between 11 am and 12 noon. I will make sure I will launch on time,” he said.
Mr Rao launched a bitter attack on his opponents, terming Congress leaders as “barking dogs” for making fun of his fast and calling the former Congress minister, Mr T. Jeevan Reddy, the “shani” of Karimnagar.
He said, “The Chief Minister must rush to New Delhi and get an assurance on Telangana from the Centre instead of wasting money on deploying police forces in Telangana to foil my fast.”
Criticising the government for the massive police deployment, he fumed: “Am I Osama bin Laden holding a wireless set? Do I have links with international terrorists? Why should 6,000 cops tail a weakling like me? Why should nearly 1,000 cops tail the frail, 75-year-old (Telangana ideologue) Prof. Jayashanker?”