Telangana protests disrupts Hyderabad

Last Updated: Fri, Jun 14, 2013 18:46 hrs

Andhra Pradesh capital Hyderabad turned into a war-zone on Friday as hundreds of activists and politicians demonstrated in the city in demand for a separate Telangana state.

Security was stepped up across Hyderabad due to the ´Chalo Assembly´ (Let´s go to the assembly) protest march called by the pro-Telangana political parties in the Andhra Pradesh capital even after being denied permission for their demonstration.

The march was called by Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) to protest against the Andhra Pradesh government´s alleged "conspiracy" to tame down the demand for a separate statehood for Telangana.

The police sealed all routes leading to the Andhra Pradesh Assembly as sporadic incidents of violence were reported from different parts of the city.

Two rebel Telangana Congress MPs G Viveka and Manda Jagannath courted arrest on Friday while hundreds of pro-Telangana activists and politicians were taken into protective custody.

The police also stopped several protesters as they attempted to enter the state Assembly.

"Tension mounted on the Assembly premises on Friday after two Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) MLAs - Kaveti Sammaiah and Vinay Bhaskar climbed on the TRS Legislature Party building," The Hindu reported.

Demanding for a separate Telangana state, they threatened to jump off the building.

They were later brought down by Assembly marshals, reports said.

The state Assembly was adjourned for the day as TRS, BJP and the Communist Party of India (CPI) members disrupted the proceedings over the separate statehood issue.

Students of Osmania University, the epicentre of the Telangana movement, on Friday tried to march towards the assembly, but were intercepted midway by the police.

According to police sources, 10,000 state policemen and 20 companies of central para-military forces (2,000 personnel) have been deployed in Hyderabad to avoid any untoward situation.

The police have already imposed prohibitory orders in Hyderabad which will remain in effect till 6 am on Saturday.

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