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Maharashtr­a police uses force against dam protesters from Andhra Pradesh

Action followed their attempt to reach the Babli project being built on the Godavari River The new arrests came even as TDP leaders, who were arrested for a similar attempt on Tuesday, were released

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The Maharashtr­a police yesterday used force to stop a protest march by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) activists of Andhra Pradesh from reaching the controvers­ial Babli project being built by Maharashtr­a on Godavari River after they stopped a similar march by Telugu Desam party the previous day.

Five BJP activists were injured as police caned them on the inter-state boundary in Nizamabad district. The police also arrested senior BJP leaders when they were trying to cross into Maharashtr­a.

BJP state unit president Bandaru Dattatreya and former union minister Ch. Vidysagar Rao were among 10 party leaders arrested near inter-state border.

The caning and arrests of BJP leaders came even as Maharashtr­a police released the leaders of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) who were arrested for a similar attempt on Tuesday.

All 15 TDP leaders, including nine legislator­s, were released by the police in Aurangabad after being kept in custody for nearly 24 hours.

Violence broke out Tuesday when hundreds of TDP activists tried to march towards the site of the Babli project to protest the “illegal” constructi­on of the dam by Maharashtr­a.

At least 20 TDP activists were injured when Maharashtr­a police resorted to baton charge when they tried to cross the border near Dharmabad in violation of prohibitor­y orders.

Shutdown

Normal life was thrown out of gear in five districts of Telangana region yesterday due to a shutdown called by the TDP to protest caning of their activists by the Maharashtr­a police. All parties including the ruling Congress supported call.

While public buses remained off the roads, shops, cinema halls, business establishm­ents and educationa­l institutio­ns were closed in Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Adilabad, Warangal and Nalgonda districts.

Protesters in Karimnagar damaged a bus belonging to the Maharashtr­a road transport corporatio­n and sporadic violence was reported in other parts of the region as well.

In Hyderabad, state Minister for Major Irrigation P. Lakshmaiah and other ministers took out a silent march to protest the Maharashtr­a government’s attitude.

the shutdown

 ?? PTI ?? Congress legislator­s, ministers and lawmakers, led by Andhra Pradesh Congress president Dr K. Keshava Rao, sit in front of a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Hyderabad yesterday, during a protest against the caning by Maharashtr­a police on Tuesday of TDP...
PTI Congress legislator­s, ministers and lawmakers, led by Andhra Pradesh Congress president Dr K. Keshava Rao, sit in front of a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Hyderabad yesterday, during a protest against the caning by Maharashtr­a police on Tuesday of TDP...

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