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Left parties protest against skyrocketing prices

Staff Reporter

Activists gate-crash into Collectorate; police arrest 11 persons


The protest is part of ‘jail bharo' programme

‘Poor and middle class people

worst-hit'


— A.V.G. Prasad

Tense moments:Police pushing back activists of the Left parties at the Collectorate in Eluru on Friday.

ELURU: The police arrested 11 activists of the Left parties and its frontal outfits while gate-crashing into the Collectorate here on Friday as part their ‘jail bharo' programme against price hike. CPI district secretary N. Subba Rao, Rajarammohan Roy of the CPI(M) and Krishnamachari of the All India Trade Union Council (AITUC) were among the arrested leaders. The protesters came in a procession and gate-crashed into the Collectorate. The police, who were less in number, made a vain bid to prevent the agitators from barging into the Collectorate. Additional forces reached the scene only when the protesters managed to reach the Collectorate portico and tried to move on further. The police used force and pushed them away. Addressing the protesters, Mr. Subba Rao, Mr. Krishnamachari and Mr. Rajarammohan Roy criticised the government for its alleged

Disinvestment decried

Khammam: Leaders of different trade unions courted arrest at Khammam, Kothagudem, Bhadrachalam and Madhira denouncing, among other things, the disinvestment policy of the Central Government and the failure to check the price rise.

Important leaders of the CITU, AITUC and INTUC were arrested in Khammam on the occasion.

Some of the banking employees also took part in the protest. Led by the district units of some nine trade unions, including the CITU, ATUC and INTUC, workers staged demonstration . They strongly resented lack of measures to control skyrocketing prices of essential commodities. Workers in the unorganised sectors had no social security. The legislations meant to protect the interests of the employees were not being implemented effectively.

Trade union leaders Singu Narasinga Rao, Potu Prasad (AITUC), Kalyana Venkateswar Rao (CITU), Kotha Sitaramulu and Nunna Madhava Rao (INTUC) were among those who took part. Some 40 leaders arrested on the occasion were let off later in the day. failure to keep the spiralling prices under check.

The increase in the prices of petroleum products had a cascading effect on the prices of the other essential commodities, making life miserable for the poor and middle class people, they lamented.

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