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Lambadas, Adivasis stage protests

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Following the violent clashes between Lamabadas and Adivasis at Utnoor on Friday, the members of both the communities staged protests across erstwhile Warangal district on Saturday.

Hanamkonda: Following the violent clashes between Lamabadas and Adivasis at Utnoor on Friday, the members of both the communities staged protests across erstwhile Warangal district on Saturday.

While Adivasis demanded that the police identify and punish those who placed a garland of chappals around Komuram Bheem statue, the Lambadas demanded that those responsible for death of a Lambada in the clashes be punished.

At Medaram, the members of Tudum Debba and other organisations staged protests and enforced a shutdown in the village. They also disurpted the ongoing works relating to Sammakka and Saralamma Jatara arrangements. They raised slogans demanding removal of non-Adivasi members from the temple trust board.

Some unidentified persons had cut trees in the forest and placed hem on Pasra-Tadwai stretch on Hyderabad – Bhopalapatnam NH 163. This caused disruption of traffic.

In Hanamkonda, Lambada Hakkula Porata Samithi leaders had warned that if the police failed to arrest those responsible for the death of Lambadas at Utnoor, they would stage a protest when President Ram Nath Kovind visits Hyderabad to attend the World Telugu Conference.

The Samithi leaders staged a road blockade protest at Martyrs’ Memorial and disrupted the traffic. The police intervened and arrested the protesters who included B Navin Naik, P Eshwar Singh, Sammaiah Rathod, VV Naik and shifted them to Subedari police station.

Speaking to presspersons, they demanded immediate arrest of former MLA Soyam Baburao for his involvement in Utnoor incident. They accused the State government of instigating Adivasis against Lambadas and said that was why it was silence over the deaths of the community members.

Lambadas staged rasta-rokos at Jangaon, Mahabubabad, Wardhannapet and several other places. Meanwhile, Commissioner of Police G Sudheer Babu imposed prohibitory orders in the city under section 144 CrPC, banning the assembly of more than four persons and possessing weapons in public places. The prohibitory order remain place for a week.

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