Telangana Congress president N Uttam Kumar Reddy (File photo)
HYDERABAD: Scores of Congress leaders were either taken into police custody or placed under arrest at various places in the state on Tuesday thereby preventing them from travelling to the sites of pending irrigation projects on River Krishna.
The Congress said the TRS government has turned the auspicious state formation day into a “black day” by its dictatorial attitude.
Telangana Congress president N Uttam Kumar Reddy, MP Komatireddy Venkat Reddy and veteran Congress leader K Jana Reddy sought an explanation from the police for arresting party leaders on the pretext of checking spread of Covid-19 prevention.
“The police had allowed thousands of TRS leaders in violation of physical distance rule for inauguration of Kondapochamma Sagar project recently,” Uttam said and added that DGP Mahender Reddy was not even responding to his phone calls.
“We celebrated 5th anniversary of Telangana State formation but were illegally detained by the police on the orders of CM KCR, when we set out to see pending irrigation projects on Krishna river. Why is KCR completing huge capital incentive lift irrigation projects and neglecting projects with gravity flow. If three sitting MPs, a former home minister can be illegally detained on KCR’s orders, what is the hope for the common citizen. This is murder of democracy and all known norms,” Uttam said.
However, several Congress leaders were able to doge the police and reach sites of pending irrigation projects, where they squatted and raised slogans against TRS government.