Telangana: Tension grips Kamareddy as farmers stage protest against master plan

The trouble began when farmers assembled in front of the District Collectorate and started raising slogans.

BySouth First Desk

Published Jan 06, 2023 | 3:53 AMUpdated Jan 06, 2023 | 3:53 AM

Telangana: Tension grips Kamareddy as farmers stage protest against master plan

Tension gripped the Kamareddy district of Telangana on Thursday, 5 January, when hundreds of farmers staged a protest in front of the District Collectorate against the proposed master plan of the town.

While a farmer and police constable sustained injuries in the resulting scuffle at the protest site, two women fell unconscious.

Officials rushed the injured and the two women to a nearby hospital for treatment.

The issue at hand

The trouble began when the farmers assembled in front of the office and started raising slogans.

Their demand was for the state government to withdraw the master-plan proposal.

Tempers flared when the farmers jumped the barricades placed at the main gate of the office and entered the premises. A few farmers even jumped the wall to gain entry.

Annoyed over the farmers’ actions, the police caned them in order to drive them out of the office, resulting in a scuffle between them.

Support from the Opposition

The police caned the protesters, resulting in a scuffle. (Supplied)

The police caned the protesters, resulting in a scuffle. (Supplied)

BJP MLA M Raghunandan Rao rushed to the Kamareddy district when he came to know about the incident and staged a demonstration in support of the farmers.

He found fault with the state government for converting agricultural areas into an industrial zone.

“We request officials to acquire only government land and those that are not suitable for agriculture for these industrial purposes,” Rao said, alleging that the industrial zone in Patancheru was being turned into a residential area.

He accused the state government of failing to conduct the Assembly session to discuss the various problems being faced by the people of the state.

BJYM protest

Meanwhile, several activists of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) — the youth wing of the BJP — tried to lay siege to Pragathi Bhavan in Begumpet, Hyderabad, to rectify the anomalies in the ongoing police recruitment drive.

The police later took them into preventive custody.

Responding to the arrest of BJYM activists, Telangana BJP state president Bandi Sanjay Kumar condemned the high-handedness of the police towards these activists.

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