Deccan Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - DC COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Chief Min­is­ter K. Chan­drasekhar Rao an­nounced at a pub­lic meet­ing in Suryapet on Thursday that two new med­i­cal col­leges will be es­tab­lished in Nalgonda and Suryapet.

The gov­ern­ment will al­lo­cate the re­quired funds for the col­leges in the 2018-19 bud­get.

Mr Rao said that with the Cen­trally-funded All India In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Sci­ences com­ing up in Yadadri dis­trict, the erst­while Nalgonda dis­trict will have three med­i­cal col­leges.

The Te­lan­gana Reddy Aikya Vedika (TRAV) march to lay siege the Pra­gati Bha­van, the of­fice-cum-res­i­dence of Chief Min­is­ter K. Chan­drasekhar Rao turned vi­o­lent at Med­chal, when they were pre­vented by the po­lice from en­ter­ing the city.

The pro­test­ers said the po­lice caned them, leav­ing a few in­jured. Po­lice de­nied the use of force. Po­lice said traf­fic had been reg­u­lated on the high­way, but ve­hi­cles were stranded for over three hours on the high­way.

Po­lice took 142 pro­test­ers into preven­tive cus­tody and a case for un­law­ful assem­bly and for caus­ing hurt to a pro­tester was reg­is­tered.

Po­lice de­tained TRAV state pres­i­dent Anugu Santosh Reddy, work­ing pres­i­dent A. Ram Reddy and sev­eral other lead­ers and shifted them to Med­chal po­lice sta­tion.

De­mand­ing their re­lease, other mem­bers staged a protest in front of the po­lice sta­tion. When there was no re­sponse from the cops, the protest in­ten­si­fied.

“Cops be­haved cru­elly and beat up even women lead­ers,” said Mr Santosh Reddy, and de­manded ac­tion on the po­lice per­son­nel in­volved.

Po­lice said they had waited for an hour for the pro­test­ers to dis­perse, be­fore tak­ing ac­tion to clear the road.

Med­chal in­spec­tor Venkat Reddy said one per­son was in­jured by a bot­tle thrown by one of the pro­test­ers.

An in­jured pro­tester sits at the Med­chal po­lice sta­tion.

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