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Tension in Karimnagar as TDP flags are burnt

Staff Reporter

Public meeting of Telangana TDP Forum opposed

— Photo: Thakur Ajay Pal Singh

One agenda, divergent approach:Telangana activists setting fire to TDP flags opposing the conduct of Telangana TDP Forum sponsored public meeting in Karimnagar on Tuesday.

KARIMNAGAR: Pro-Telangana activists set fire to the festoons and flags of the Telugu Desam Party here on Tuesday morning leading to a clash and tension for some time.

They were opposing the public meeting being sponsored by the Telangana TDP Forum called “Telangana Ranabheri” scheduled to be held in Karimnagar on Wednesday.

The Forum had chosen the town to pep up the campaign demanding the formation of separate Telangana and accordingly, the party rank and file started tying festoons and party flags all over the town.

Pro-Telangana activists led by R Satyanarayana and others removed the TDP festoons and party flags and also set fire to them at the Ambedkar statue.

A Telugu Yuvatha leader, who was passing by, tried to obstruct them but was chased away.

Meanwhile, other TDP leaders, who were participating in the motor-cycle rally, arrived at the spot and clashed with the protesters. In the melee, some media persons sustained injuries.

Arrested

The police rushed to the spot and arrested the protestors and took them to the police station.

TRS activists staged a dharna in front of the town police station demanding the arrest of TDP activists.

A delegation led by Errabelli Dayakar Rao, M. Narsimhulu, L. Ramana, G. Kamalakar, Ch. Vijayaramana Rao, former legislator E. Peddi Reddy and others visited the Circus grounds in the town to inspect the arrangements for Wednesday's meeting.

Talking to reporters, they condemned the action of pro-Telangana activists in burning their party flags. They said that they were conducting the Telangana Ranabheri for the cause of a separate State like all other parties were doing under their respective banners.

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