In pics: Telangana saw Gandhis 'mocked and abused'

Bangalore, Aug 2: The decision on a separate Telangana might have satisfied the proponents of a decades-old movement, but it has also outraged a number of people. These angry sections have expressed their frustration in a violent way and the Gandhi family has been the target of all anger.

The anti-Telangana protesters have attacked local statues of former prime ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi besides abusing effigy of current Congress president Sonia Gandhi to vent their anger against New Delhi's decision.

One may recall that former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru also faced a stiff challenge from the Andhra region in the early 1950s over setting up a new state for the Andhra people. Nehru had bowed under pressure after a man named Potti Sreeramulu died while fasting demanding a separate Andhra state in 1952.

In Kurnool

Anti-Telangana protesters vandalise a statue of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi at Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday.

In Kaddapa

Samaikyandhra supporters try to remove the statue of former prime minister Indira Gandhi to protest against separate Telangana state in Kaddapa town on Thursday.

In Chittoor

Women activists mistreat an effigy of AICC president Sonia Gandhi to protest against the creation of Telangana, in Chittoor, on Thursday.

In Ananthapur

A statue of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi lies on a road after being vandalised by anti-Telangana protesters in Ananthapur in Andhra Pradesh state on Wednesday.

In Vishakhapatnam

People burn an effigy of of UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi to protest against the creation of separate Telangana state, in Vishakhapatnam, on Wednesday.

Potti Sreeramulu and Jawaharlal Nehru

Potti Sreeramulu's death while fasting for a separate Andhra state made Jawaharlal Nehru to bow before the demand in 1953.

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