Delhi/Hyderabad: A day after a man committed suicide in
New Delhi in support of a separate Telangana, a Telangana Rashtra
Samithi (TRS) leader Thursday slapped and abused an official in
Andhra Pradesh Bhavan for refusing to allow the body inside the
state-run guest house.
Accusing the government of showing insult to a martyr, the
Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC), which is spearheading the
movement for a separate state, has called for a shutdown in the
TRS party chief K. Chandrashekhar Rao's nephew Harish Rao and
other TRS leaders attacked AP Bhavan after learning that the
state's resident commissioner reportedly asked Delhi Police not to
allow the body of M. Yadi Reddy to be brought there.
Frustrated over the delay in formation of separate Telangana
state, the 28-year-old man from Telangana had committed suicide by
hanging from a tree at India Gate.
Harish Rao, who is also legislator, kicked the door, smashed the
panes and barged into the resident commissioner's office. In full
glare of media, he thrashed Officer on Special Duty (OSD)
Ramchandra Rao, who said he had acted only as per the direction of
the resident commissioner.
Harish Rao, who was accompanied by Chandrasekhara Rao's son K.T.
Rama Rao, Etela Rajender and former MP B. Vinod Kumar, had a
heated argument with Bhavan officials for reportedly writing to
Delhi Police to take the body from the hospital straight to the
K. T. Rama Rao however later blamed the whole episode on the
Andhra Pradesh government stating that the resident commissioner
denied entry to them at the its behest.
"It is not the AP resident commissioner who is responsible for it,
but the Andhra Pradesh government that is responsible for this,"
Rao told NDTV.
"That is the reason why we have been asking the UPA government to
take cognizance of the fact that there is no government in Andhra
Pradesh today, the government that exists in Andhra Pradesh today
exists only as the people's representatives from coastal Andhra
and Rayalseema and there are no Telangana peoples representatives
in the government today," Rao said.
"Let the UPA government understand that their insensitivity is
costing the life of people of Telangana," he said.
The TRS leaders, who had rushed to Delhi in the morning, alleged
that a martyr was treated in an inhuman manner at the instance of
state Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy.
Harish Rao said they were waiting since morning at Ram Manohar
Lohia Hospital, where the autopsy was done and wanted the body to
be brought to AP Bhavan to enable all Telangana leaders of various
parties pay their tributes.
"But they shifted the body from the rear gate of the hospital to
the airport," said the TRS leader.
Leaders of Congress and Communist Party of India (CPI) present in
the capital also rushed to AP Bhavan to lodge their protest for
not keeping the body at the state-run guest house.
The employees of AP Bhavan later staged a sit-in protesting the
attack on their colleague and demanded an apology from Harish Rao.
The TRS legislator later expressed his regret over the incident
but refused to tender an apology.
Meanwhile, in Hyderabad the JAC has called for Telangana shutdown
JAC convenor M. Kodandaram said the shutdown has been called to
protest the insult shown to a Telangana "martyr" in Delhi and the
government's attempt to suppress the right of employees to go on
The day-long shutdown is likely to affect normal life in Hyderabad
and nine other districts of the region.
The two-day shutdown July 5-6 in support of the demand for a
separate state had crippled normal life.