Removal of Rajiv Yatra Pole: VH blames Jagruthi activists, demands arrest

Hyderabad: Senior Congress leader V Hanumantha Rao has demanded the Telangana State Government to arrest those who removed Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhavana Yatra Commemoration Pole at Charminar after examining the CCTV footage.

Speaking to the media at Gandhi Bhavan along with Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhavana Yatra Commemoration Committee convener G Niranjan and former Union minister Balaram Naik on Monday, VH described it as an atrocious act by Telangana Jagruthi activists. He said former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had taken up Sadbhavana Yatra to ensure that people of all religions live together harmoniously.

Alleging that Chief Minister KCR was extending full support to the Central government, which was trying to defame national leaders Mahatma Gandhi and Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru, VH demanded that the State government erect a Rajiv Gandhi statue at Charminar. It was atrocious on the part of the police to say that they don’t know who removed the pole at Charminar, he lamented.  He warned the State government that the Congress cadre would show its strength in case the government failed to arrest the culprits.

Niranjan asked the police whether they really didn’t know who had removed Rajiv Gandhi pole, which was located just opposite the police station. He alleged that the police, officials and Jagruthi activists were part of the mischievous act. Demanding that the police initiate action against Nizamabad MP and Jagruthi Chief K Kavitha, Niranjan asked the police to tell whether the MIM pole, which was also at Charminar, was not a hurdle to the police.

Balaram Naik urged the government to render justice to tribal youth in the State government jobs. He also alleged that Peddapally MP Balka Suman was speaking immaturely and Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao was spreading lies that the Congress party was obstructing construction of projects, he said and suggested both the TRS leaders should not speak as they wished.

Congress seeks police probe

Meanwhile, the Rajiv Gandhi Sadhbavana Yatra Commemoration Committee called on City Police Commissioner M Mahender Reddy and urged him to probe the removal of the Pole at Charminar on February 4, on the eve of Mushaira organised by Nizamabad MP K Kavitha. The committee demanded stern action against those who were responsible. They said that the Commissioner had assured the delegation that he will order a detailed inquiry and take action against culprits. 

-NSS

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