Clashes loom as cops refuse nod to June 14 Telangana stir

Signs of an imminent showdown between the pro-Telangana organisations and the state government have already started showing up in the state ahead of the June 14 ‘Chalo Assembly’ protest.

Written by Sreenivas Janyala | Hyderabad | Published: June 11, 2013 3:36 am

Signs of an imminent showdown between the pro-Telangana organisations and the state government have already started showing up in the state ahead of the June 14 ‘Chalo Assembly’ protest.

Fresh posters of ‘No Telangana,no peace’ are being printed even as the Hyderabad police have denied permission to hold the protest march in which thousands are expected to lay siege to the Assembly,which is in session. The Telangana Rashtra Samiti and the Telangana Joint Action Committee are determined to go ahead with the protest.

On Monday,the TRS warned the government that it would stall the Assembly proceedings if permission for protest is not given. “The CM will be responsible if untoward incidents occur…. The government will pay a heavy price if they stop us,” TRS leader E Rajendra said.

Meanwhile,Police Commissioner Anurag Sharma warned of tough action if they violated prohibitory orders. The police have already cordoned off the Assembly premises after the session started on Monday. Gathering of three or more people in the 2km radius of the Assembly has been prohibited under Section 144 of IPC. Officials said the pro-Telangana forums have regained vigour ahead of the elections. “We will not allow any such protest march or programme in future too,’’ Sharma said.

TJAC chief M Kodandaram said they don’t need a nod from the police or government to protest. “We have every right to protest. We have reached a stage where protests and confrontation has become unavoidable because the Congress has delayed formation of Telangana state. Let them stop us,’’ he said.

TRS leader K Chandrasekhara Rao urged Telangana people living in Hyderabad to take the day off and attend the march.

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