Telangana protests: TRS, BJP leaders, activists taken into custody during Hyderabad shutdown

Hyderabad, June 14 (ANI): Leaders and activists of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Telangana Rashtriya Samiti (TRS) were taken into police custody on Friday while protesting against the central government's delay in giving approval for the creation of a separate state of Telangana.

Andhra Pradesh capital Hyderabad was virtually under a state of seige, as the protesters forced a shutdown of all activities, which in turn necessitated a heavy security deployment to prevent untoward incidents and damage to public property.

The unprecedented security blanket was necessary in view of the Chalo Assembly march planned by the Telangana Political Joint Action Committee (TJAC), despite the authorities not giving permission for it.

The Assembly, the target of the people marching in support of Telangana, was converted into a virtual fortress, as all roads leading to it were sealed off. Prohibitory orders have been clamped throughout the city.

Paramilitary forces have virtually taken over the city and the blockade to foil the march came into effect on Thursday night. With educational institutions having declared a holiday, public transport off the roads and shops and establishments shut as a precautionary measure.

Apart from the TJAC, leaders and activists of the TRS, the BJP, the CPI and the New Democracy are taking part in the march.

Media reports also said that entry points to Hyderabad have been sealed and hundreds of people have been detained in the Telangana districts.

Earlier, TJAC chairman M Kodandaram had called upon the people to start assembling at Indira Park before 11 a.m. on Friday.

He, however, insisted that the protest should be done peacefully so that the Telangana voice can be heard loud and clear.

He cautioned supporters that there could be elements in their ranks, and the government, who would conspire to provoke violence in order to malign the protest.

Newly joined TRS leader K Keshava Rao also said chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy should take the responsibility for any violence that occurs during the march.

On Thursday, a delegation of pro-Telangana party MLAs made another attempt at seeking permission for the Chalo Assembly despite the chief minister and Hyderabad police commissioner Anurag Sharma ruling out any chance of granting it permission.

The delegation called on director general of police Dinesh Reddy on Thursday morning seeking permission for the march but met with no success.

The authorities have been sending across the clear message that anyone attempting to take out a march on Friday would be severely dealt with. (ANI)

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