KCR’s Telangana drama shifts to jail నవంబర్ 30, 2009Posted by Telangana Utsav in bandh, Congress, elections, G.O 610, GHMC, Hyderabad, Identity, Karimnagar, Khammam, Mulki, politics, Telangana, TRS.
KCR’s Telangana drama shifts to jail
TNN 30 November 2009
HYDERABAD/KHAMMAM: Riding high on his Telangana plank, TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao padded up for a long innings by launching a fast-unto-death stir in Khammam sub-jail on Sunday after he was arrested and remanded to 14 days. In a dramatic turn of events, the TRS chief was arrested at Alaganoor on the outskirts of Karimnagar while he was on his way to Siddipet for the fast.
As about 150 party vehicles followed the police convoy, cops stopped the activists on Karimnagar outskirts and kept changing the route till they reached Khammam. At one point it was said that he would be taken to Rajahmundry from Khammam. Later, they said he would be brought to Hyderabad by a chopper.
“I will continue my fast even if the government imprisons me,” KCR said while being shifted to the jail at Danavaigudem after he was produced before a magistrate in Khammam where medical tests were conducted. Rejecting the bail plea, special judicial second class magistrate Ch Sreerama Murthy ordered 14-day remand for KCR and nine others. A case was registered against KCR under sections 114, 117, 120 (B), 143, 153 (A), 202, 209, 505 (B) and 506 in the I Town police station. The sections relate to making inflammatory speeches and raking up regional passions. KCR, however, appealed to his supporters not to attempt suicide.
Following the arrest, students and TRS workers protested at Osmania University (OU) in Hyderabad, Kakatiya University (KU) in Warangal, Telangana University (TU) in Nizamabad and pelted stones at police and RTC buses. Ten RTC buses were damaged across the state. The situation turned volatile on the OU campus when students hurled stones at the cops who resorted to lathicharge to disperse them. A student threatened to jump from hostel terrace.
The TRS has called for a bandh in Telangana on Monday. “This is undemocratic. The government action is not acceptable. We are appealing to all to observe a bandh in the entire region,” TRS floor leader in the assembly Etela Rajender said in Karimnagar. KCR’s nephew and party MLA T Harish Rao and other leaders were arrested at Siddipet.
Harish Rao doused himself with petrol when police tried to arrest him but he was overpowered. Harish and 13 others were later granted bail.
Earlier, the TRS chief squatted on the road after his convoy was stopped and police took him into custody. Captain Lakshmikantha Rao, Nayani Narasimha Reddy and T Vijayarama Rao were also arrested and sent to jail along with KCR. Several leaders in the districts have also undertaken fasts and other forms of protest.
Before his arrest, KCR appealed to President Pratibha Patil, PM Manmohan Singh and AICC president Sonia Gandhi to take steps for formation of Telangana state and said he would call off the agitation if the Centre and the state government responded positively.
In Nizamabad party activists staged a rasta roko and damaged a state-run bus. A man climbed a mobile phone tower at Kamareddy and threatened to commit suicide but cops brought him down. TU students burnt effigy of chief minister K Rosaiah, while party MLA A Ravinder Reddy was taken into custody at Yellareddyguda. There were huge protests in Warangal, Hanamkonda, Bhadrachalam, Kothagudem, Wyra, Paloncha, Yellendu, Karimnagar, Medak, Sangareddy and other places.
KCR’s son K Ramarao was kept under house arrest at Warangal before he was arrested. Actress Vijayashanti sat on dharna in front of the district SP’s office in Sangareddy demanding KCR’s release. She was also arrested.