Hyderabad tense as TRS activists go on rampage spree
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Last Updated: Sunday, December 06, 2009, 00:29
  
Hyderabad: Students and Telangana Rashtra Samithi supporters on Saturday indulged in violence here and in other parts of Andhra Pradesh following rumour about the health of TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao, who is on indefinite fast, even as doctors attending on him termed his condition as "stable".

As TRS gave a 48-hour "Telangana bandh" call from midnight tonight to press for Telangana state, Chief Minister K Rosaiah appealed to Rao, who went on the fast last week, to end his hunger strike and help restore peace in Telangana region which witnessed violence over the statehood demand.

The students and TRS activists, who are on a warpath in support of Telangana state ever since Rao's arrest in Karimnagar district earlier this week, stoned shopping malls and complexes, vehicles and some other establishments at Punjgutta and Ameerpet localities of Hyderabad following rumours about deterioration in the TRS chief's health.

The police resorted to batoncharge to bring the situation under control. Two buses were set afire by the agitators at Ameerpet.

Telengana supporters squatted on the road at NIMS hospital, where TRS chief K Chandrasekhara Rao is undergoing treatment.

A report from Karimnagar said students demanding Telangana, set on fire a government office, attempted to attack the house of a Congress leader and organised protests and hunger strike in various parts of the district today.

The NIMS doctors, where Rao was admitted, said Rao's health condition was stable. "Since he was not taking food, he is feeling weak and we are administering him saline and other supportive medicines," they said.

TRS leader E Rajaendra said the party would enforce a two-day bandh from midnight tonight in support of the fast-unto-death launched by Chandrasekhar Rao.

The authorities deployed additional pickets of police personnel in sensitive areas in the wake of the bandh call by TRS as also a 'black day' tomorrow against demolition of Babri Masjid.

In an appeal to Rao to call off his fast, the Chief Minister said, "I am ready to discuss everything with you. I am expecting that you will appreciate the situation and co-operate with us."

"Please call off your fast and let peace be restored", he said and appealed to other opposition parties to prevail upon Rao to end the fast.

Addressing a press conference after a high-level review meeting with Home Minister P Sabita Reddy, Director General of Police RR Girish Kumar and others, the Chief Minister said creation of a separate state was an issue to be addressed by the Centre.

He said he had taken up Telangana issue with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi during his visit to New Delhi on December 2 and 3.

"This is the problem not just in the case of our state. Similar demands for creation of smaller states have been there in other areas as well. Hence, the Centre is trying to resolve these issues through a consensus," Rosaiah said.

Since the UPA was a multi-party government, a consensus was required on such critical issues both within the government as well as outside, he said adding "efforts are on to arrive at a consensus".

PTI


First Published: Sunday, December 06, 2009, 00:29


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