TJAC rally deferred as Kodandaram arrested

Andrew Cummings
February 22, 2017

After the conditional permission granted by the court to hold the rally on the city outskirts Nagole, the TJAC Steering Committee, under chairmanship of Prof Kodandaram deliberated the issue at length and chose to go ahead with the rally in the city and also hold protest meeting at Indra Park as was planned earlier.

Police practically closed all routes towards Hyderabad deploying heavy forces, checking all vehicles entering into the city and arresting youth and students wherever found to be reaching the city.

TJAC activists said that a team of police headed by East Zone DCP, Ravinder went to Kodandaram's residence in Tarnaka and asked him to surrender.

The police refused to give permission for the Wednesday rally and a meeting at the Dharna Chowk near Indira Park, media reported. Kodandaram has been kept at the Kamathipura police station and other TJAC leaders have been shifted to the Kanchanbagh police station.

A senior official said, "We have taken Kodandaram and some other TJAC leaders into preventive custody as they were trying to violate the prohibitory orders imposed against their proposed unemployment rally today".

It may be mentioned that the T-JAC had played a key role during the struggle demanding separate statehood for Telangana.

The TJAC's Wednesday rally against unemployment had been under a cloud of doubt ever since it was announced.

TJAC, which was in the forefront of fighting for separate Telangana, comprises of different outfits.

Barricades have been placed at district borders and majority have been sent back from there before reaching the state's capital.

"The unemployed youth had high hopes that jobs will come after the formation of Telangana". He said that the government was planning to baton charge and open fire on the peaceful protesters at the Nirudyoga Nirasana Rally to provoke the crowd to resort to violence and tarnish the movement's image.

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