Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) legislator K.T. Rama Rao and his supporters were arrested here on Sunday for defying a police ban to stage a protest over a demand for a separate state of Telangana.
According to television channel reports, TRS leaders were arrested near the office of the Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC) as they were gathering there to proceed towards Indira Park, the venue of their 36-hour-long protest.
After an all-party meeting held on December 28, 2012, in New Delhi to find a solution to the long pending demand for Telangana, Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde had promised to give a decision within a month.
But the TRS didn't buy Shinde's statement and subsequently called for a shutdown.
The more than four-decade-old demand for Telangana, which is to be carved out of the economically less developed part of Andhra Pradesh, gathered momentum after the Congress-led UPA Government accepted the demand in principle.
The Telangana region comprises 10 Andhra Pradesh districts: Hyderabad, Adilabad, Khammam, Karimnagar, Mahbubnagar, Medak, Nalgonda, Nizamabad, Rangareddy, and Warangal. The Musi River, Krishna and Godavari rivers flow through the region from west to east.
Since Telangana was merged with Andhra state to form Andhra Pradesh state in 1956, there were several agitations in Telangana to invalidate the merger and to form Telangana state. On December 9, 2009, the Government of India announced process of formation of Telangana state.
Due to objections raised in Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions immediately after the announcement, and due to the agitation in those regions for 14 days, the decision to form the new state was put on hold on December 23, 2009.
There have several movements to invalidate the merger of Telangana and Andhra, major ones occurring in 1969, 1972 and 2000s onwards. Since December 2009, Telangana movement intensified and it continued to dominate the state politics and is the cause of instability in the region. (ANI)