Hyderabad, Jan 28 (): Putting pressure on the government, pro-Telangana activists gathered in large numbers to take a ‘samara deeksha’ protest demanding the state government to grant a separate statehood.
A number of leaders and activists belonging to pro-Telangana group were taken into custody including MLA K T Rama Rao and his associates when they tried to go on a march towards Indira Park, the protest venue.
Permission to hold the agitation was granted to the activists till 6 pm today, said a senior police officer. The permission to hold the demonstration was granted by the state government even after the police department prohibited the activists from holding the agitation fearing any irksome incident.
After police denied granting the order, MLC Chukka Ramaiah and balladeer Gaddar along with other Telangana members met the state home minister Sabitha Reddy and requested her to grant the permission to organize the ‘samara deeksha’ and assured to hold the demonstration in a peaceful manner.
The Home Minister after sanctioning the order told the activists to meet police commissioner Anurag Sharma to forward their demand. On the direction of the Home Minister, the Hyderabad police commissioner allowed the activists to carry on with their protest after which a large number of Telangana supporters, along with M Kodandaram T-JAC Chairman and leaders of several Telangana groups, BJP and CPI, gathered at the Indira Park.
Protesting Telangana MLAs and MLCs who held an agitation earlier against the police in front of the Mahatma Gandhi statue in the state Assembly premises for not permitting them to protest, continued their march towards Indira Park, to participate in ‘samara deeksha’, said sources.
Meanwhile, situation remained tense at the Osmania University (OU) campus after students belonging to pro-Telangana group pelted stones on the police when the police denied permission to take out a rally towards Raj Bhavan.
The activists expressed concern over the centre for not keeping their promise and made a demand to the Central government to decide about granting separate statehood soon or will have to face the consequences.