51 Telangana protesters taken into custody
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Last Updated: Saturday, October 29, 2011, 23:55
Hyderabad: Fifty-one persons were taken into custody on the border of Khammam-West Godavari districts in Andhra Pradesh, while they were on their way to the proposed Polavaram irrigation project site, to demonstrate against the project, police said.

The protesters that included members of Telangana Student JAC from Osmania University and lawyers, were on their way to the site of the Indira Sagar Project near Ramayyapet in Polavaram mandal of the West Godavari district to demonstrate against the irrigation project.

The protesters were taken into preventive custody near Jirugumilli checkpost, a senior police officer said, adding they had already stepped up security arrangements and deployed additional forces at all the check points and entry points of both the districts.

Mild tension prevailed in the area as the protesters started arguing with the police, when they were stopped and taken into custody.

"As a precautionary measure, the activists were prevented on the Khammam-West Godavari district border itself. A total of 51 protesters have been taken into preventive custody and all of them were taken back to Khammam and later released," Deputy Inspector General of Police (Eluru Range) G Suryaprakash Rao said.

The protesters have opposed the Polavaram irrigation project saying some villages in Khammam district would get marooned and cause large displacement of villagers, particularly tribals, due to it.


First Published: Saturday, October 29, 2011, 23:55

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