Violence unabated

Violence unabated
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Three commit suicide Hyderabad: The agitations that had broken out in Seemandhra region in the aftermath...

Three commit suicide

Hyderabad: The agitations that had broken out in Seemandhra region in the aftermath of the decision taken by the Protest1Congress Working Committee on June 30 to accord statehood to Telangana, claimed lives of four persons including two Intermediate students who committed suicide opposing the decision. Inter first year student Vishnu (16) and second year student Balaraju (18), who were ABVP activists, allegedly committed suicide by consuming pesticide near Nagarur village in Aspari mandal in Kurnool district. Their parents are daily labourers.

In Giddalur town in Prakasam district, a retired forest department employee Khadaraiah (60) died of heart attack while watching the news of bifrucation on TV. A resident of Shivanagar in Dharmavaram town, Ramdas, allegedly ended his life by jumping in front of a moving train. He raised ‘Jai Samaikyandhra’ slogans before committing suicide. Following this, local people halted trains for some time.

In Kadapa, YSRCP youth activists attacked Congress party office and two youth attempted suicide. Led by a youth leader of YSR Congress, Vishnu Preetam Reddy, they attacked the Congress party office here on Thursday. They hurled stones and staged a dharna demanding that Seemandhra MPs, ministers and MLAs resign.

Two students among them, Ravikumar Reddy and Pavan Kumar Reddy, allegedly attempted suicide by pouring petrol over themselves. However, timely action by police prevented loss of lives. During the day, the police arrested a villager for vandalising the statue of Indira Gandhi. In Attili in West Godavari district, police arrested a resident of Paluru village, for allegedly vandalizing an Indira Gandhi statue.

The Attili police registered a case as the villagers demanded stringent action against him. In Vizianagaram district, the villagers of Tadipudi staged a dharna on the S Kota-Vizianagaram road with the body of home guard Tamatapu Srinivasa Rao, who committed suicide on Wednesday, opposing bifurcation of the state. The agitated crowd also attacked ATMs of several private banks. In Peddapuram in East Godavari district, the Samaikyandhra agitators broke glass panes of several banks and damaged an ATM. Members of the Rajahmundry Bar Association launched a relay hunger strike. The Samaikyandhra activists stopped Tirupati-Guntakal passenger at Pakala and Saptagiri Express in Puttur railway station, both in Chittoor district. In Tanuku, Simhadri Express was stopped for some time. In Kakinada, Congress party activists and students, supporting the Samaikyandhra agitation, prevented the passage of Sheshadri Express. In Kurnool, stones were pelted at a hotel owned by Minister T G Venkatesh. In Dharmavaram, agitators squatted on the railway track. When police tried to disperse them, they hurled stones at the police. However, they were forcibly evicted.

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