Violence disrupts 'Rachchabanda' in Telangana area

Written by: Rama Mohan
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Hyderabad, Jan 28: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy's prestigious Rachchabanda programme in Telangana's Mahaboobnagar faced violence from the Telangana activists on Thursday, Jan 27, when they hurled chairs at the programme venue, shouted slogans and damaged buses and cars.

Rachchbanda is a programme where the CM or people's representatives conduct public meeting to hear people's grievances in rural Andhra Pradesh.

The programme venue, Singaryapalle in Koderu mandalam, turned into a battle field when the Telangana activists, including TDP and TRS cadre created the violence. As the activists saw the arrival Kiran Kumar Reddy, they turned violent, shouted slogans demanding Telangana state. The police, sensing trouble, used their canes and dispersed them out.

It was seen that some of the activists hurled chairs at police before being driven out from there.

Then they damaged five state-owned RTC buses and three cars at the venue. A large number of students at the venue sustained injureis in the police-activists clash. The Chief Minister could continue the programme once the protesters were rounded up.

Kiran Kumar Reddy in his reply to the activists said the backward district has been given top priority for development by his government. “The State government is providing 125 working days under the NREGS. The amount for additional 25 days is being paid by the State. The wages under NREGS too have been increased from Rs 100 to Rs 121," Reddy told them.

The same day, the activists disrupted the Rachchabandar programme in other venues of the distict as well. Rachchbanda was also disrupted by TRS and BJP activists in the state capital, Hyderabad, Medak, Karimnagar and Adilabad on the same day. And in some places in Telangana, the programme was cancelled due to the protests.

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