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Telangana activists boycott A.P. Formation Day fete

Staff Reporter

Celebrations marred by protests at many places; some TRS leaders taken into custody

— PHOTOS: G. RAJESHWARA CHARY and Thakur Ajay Pal Singh

Marked by protests:Public representatives, including MLAs, boycotted the AP Formation Day celebrations in Adilabad on Monday. (Right) TRS cadres carrying black balloons to the police headquarters to obstruct the event in Karimnagar.

ADILABAD: The boycott call given by pro-Telangana outfits was implemented totally in Adilabad district as common people and public representatives abstained from official programmes related with Andhra Pradesh Formation Day celebrations on Monday. Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) and Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) activists hoisted black flags at government buildings at a few places to observe the day as ‘vidroha dinam'.

The police took measures to foil the efforts of the pro-Telangana activists to cause any trouble at the A.P. Formation Day programmes or to hinder the chief guest, Small Scale Industries Minister, D.K. Aruna, from attending the programme. Some leaders were detained as early as 2 a.m. while some others were taken into preventive custody during the day.

TRS legislators Kaveti Sammaiah (Sirpur) and Nallala Odelu (Chennur) were arrested at Kagaznagar and Mandamarri while G. Arvind Reddy (Mancherial) participated in protest rallies at Mancherial. In Adilabad, party leaders B. Goverdhan Reddy and Loka Bhuma Reddy were arrested as they were proceeding towards the JAC hunger strike camp. Black flags were hoisted at the offices. Students boycotted classes.

Karimnagar staff reporter writes: The celebrations were marked by protests by the TRS and pro-Telangana activists in various parts of Karimnagar.

In Karimnagar town, the TRS activists pelted stones on an RTC bus in the wee hours. They also tried to barge into the Police Parade Grounds to obstruct the celebrations, but the police foiled their move and arrested some of them. Some others tried to gate-crash the venue by carrying black balloons, but in vain.

Suicide threat

At the Telangana chowk, the protesters climbed over a hoarding a threatened to commit suicide demanding the government to observe black day on Monday. However, following pleas by the locals, they had climbed down and the tension eased. The students JAC of Satavahana University hoisted a black flag at the university collegeand raised slogans of Jai Telangana. The employees of TNGOs and Telangana electricity employees' JAC attended to their duties by wearing black badges.

Low key affair

Nizamabad Staff Reporter adds: The celebrations were marred by demonstrations and boycott by the Telangana protagonists, employees and lawyers. Rasta-rokos, dharnas, protest rallies and burning of effigies marked the occasion.Minister for Medical Education P. Sudarshan Reddy hoisted the national flag and received the guard of honour presented by Armed Reserve Police. It was a low key affair and finished within a few minutes. All educational institutions declared holiday

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Warangal Starr Reporter writes: Protests, attempts to hoist black flags on government institutions and burning of effigies marked the occasion. At the official function Kakatiya Degree College grounds, Major Irrigation Minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah distributed assets worth Rs. 14.5 crore to beneficiaries.

Mahabubnagar correspondent writes: Protest demonstrations by Telangana activists and students marked the occasion in Mahabubnagar.

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