Hyderabad: TRS leaders were arrested here on Sunday for defying police ban to stage a protest demanding separate statehood to Telangana.
Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) legislator K. Tarakarama Rao and his supporters were arrested near the office of Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) as they were gathering there to proceed towards Indira Park, the venue of 36-hour protest.
Tarakarama Rao, son of TRS chief K. Chandrasekhara Rao, and others were bodily lifted into the waiting police vehicles.
Earlier in the day, tension prevailed in Hyderabad as Telangana JAC was determined to defy the police ban to launch 36-hour protest seeking separate statehood to Telangana.
Police had sealed all routes leading to Indira Park in the heart of the city, where Joint Action Committee (JAC) will be launching the protest later in the day despite police refusing permission for the same.
Police had erected barricades and barbed wires on roads surrounding the park to prevent protestors from gathering there.
Policemen and paramilitary forces were deployed in large numbers to stop the protest.
Vehicles are also being checked at the entry points into the city to prevent protestors coming from various parts of Telangana.
JAC, which comprises various parties fighting for Telangana state, has called the protest 'samara deeksha' to demand the centre to make an announcement on Telangana issue by Monday as promised by Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde last month.
JAC leaders has alleged that their leaders were either arrested or kept under house arrest in Telangana districts.
Police arrested the activists of TRS and other parties in Warangal, Nizamabad, Medak, Karimnagar, Adilabad and other districts when they were heading for Hyderabad.
A tense atmosphere is also prevailing at Osmania University (OU) in Hyderabad where students plan to take out a rally and lay siege to Raj Bhavan to demand Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan's resignation.Police sealed the main gate at OU campus to prevent students from coming out.