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Telangana march in Hyderabad today,police brace for violence

Security at exam centres has been stepped up to deter pro-Telangana protesters from disrupting the examination process.

Written by Sreenivas Janyala | Hyderabad |
March 10, 2011 1:24:10 am

Rallies,protests and violence are expected on Thursday as Hyderabad gears up for the Million March called by the Telangana Political Joint Action Committee (TJAC),which says that it is the final push to force the Centre to introduce a Bill on Telangana in Parliament.

Though the TJAC has scaled down its plans to mobilise a million people to lay siege to the state capital,it has proposed to take out rallies from different parts of the city which would converge at Tank Bund near the Secretariat. More than one lakh people are expected to participate in these rallies. The march will start after 1 pm by which time the day’s exams would be over. Security at exam centres has been stepped up to deter pro-Telangana protesters from disrupting the examination process.

Trouble is expected as Police Commissioner A K Khan has rejected permission for the rallies,saying the march will throw traffic out of gear.

Despite not getting permission,the TJAC has proposed to take out two rallies — one from Jubilee Bus Station,Secunderabad,and the other from Sundaraiah Vignan Kendra,Baghlingampally. Both would pass through main roads that witness heavy traffic throughout the day.

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As a precautionary measure,educational institutions have declared a holiday though exams will be held as per schedule. CM N Kiran Kumar Reddy has asked A K Khan and DGP K Aravinda Rao to ensure road and rail traffic are not disrupted.

The TJAC decided to scale down the march as the TRS and pro-Telangana leaders withdrew saying it would affect students who would be appearing for final exams from March 7 to 24.

TJAC convenor M Kodandaram said the purpose of the march is to bring the capital to a halt and send a message to the Centre to table a Bill in Parliament to create Telangana state. However,they did not want to take the risk of being criticised for disrupting the exams and putting students’ careers at risk.

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