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War-like scene at Secretariat

War-like scene  at Secretariat
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Two blocks ( K and L) of the Secretariat, the seat of State administration, echoed with ear-splitting slogans of the Seemandhra employees and their Telangana colleagues as both tried to take out rallies in opposite directions. Scary moments and commotion prevailed for some time giving the jitters to officials and police personnel. But for the police cordon, an ugly situation would have erupted in the Secretariat. Tension gripped the official zone with both sides refusing to relent for more than three hours.

  • Seemandhra and Telangana staff stage protests
  • Both groups move menacingly toward’s each other
  • Cops intervene timely and avert major showdown
  • For three hours, both groups refuse to relent

Hyderabad: Two blocks ( K and L) of the Secretariat, the seat of State administration, echoed with ear-splitting slogans of the Seemandhra employees and their Telangana colleagues as both tried to take out rallies in opposite directions. Scary moments and commotion prevailed for some time giving the jitters to officials and police personnel. But for the police cordon, an ugly situation would have erupted in the Secretariat. Tension gripped the official zone with both sides refusing to relent for more than three hours.

Trouble started as the Seemandhra employees led by Secretariat Seemandhra Employees Forum (SSEF) took out a rally and decided to proceed through the passage leading to the ‘L’ block. Slogans claiming justice to Seemandhra and professing the unity of Telugu people as well as rollback of the CWC decision on the State bifurcation rent the air. SSEF president U Muralikrishna and Secretary K V Krishnaiah led them. At the same time, the Telangana employees reached the spot from behind the ‘L’ block as part of the week-long protest rally demanding steps to expedite the bifurcation process.

With both processions moving in opposite directions, the police sensed trouble and acted timely. They took up positions promptly forming a barricade between the two sides. Employees of two regions indulged in arguments, asking the opposite group to go back off and give a way to them. At one stage, a war-like scene was witnessed for three hours. Both sides also sat in dharna facing each other.

State Protection Force DIG Esuratnam and DCP (Law and Order) Kamalahasan Reddy made all-out efforts to convince the employees to leave the place. But, both the leaders of T and Seemandhra did not listen to them and continued to raise slogans. Finally, after three hours of reasoning with the protesters, the police heaved a sigh of relief as both groups turned back around 2.30 pm.

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