TRS activists attack Lanco office in Hyderabad

September 26th, 2008 - 12:29 am ICT by IANS  

Hyderabad, Sep 25 (IANS) Activists of Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) Thursday attacked the office of Lanco Group of companies here after one of their colleagues was allegedly hit by the car belonging to the group’s chairman and Congress MP L. Rajagopal.Dozens of TRS activists pelted stones, damaging the door and window panes of the Lanco office in upmarket Jubliee Hills here, the police said. A few cars parked in front of the office building were also damaged in the attack in the evening.

A case was registered against TRS workers at Banjara Hills police station. Hyderabad police commissioner B. Prasad Rao ordered an inquiry into the incident.

The TRS activists were protesting against an incident that took place earlier in the day in Nizamabad district.

One TRS activist was injured when Rajagopal’s car allegedly hit him as a group of the party workers tried to block the convoy of Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee.

They were demanding a clear government stand on the issue of separate statehood to Telangana region.

One TRS worker was hit when the Vijayawada MP’s car tried to make its way. The TRS reacted strongly by staging protests at different places in Telangana, demanding the Congress MP’s arrest. It was during a similar protest in the state capital that Lanco office was targeted.

Rajagopal, who is against the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, had made some controversial statements in the past, evoking strong protests from the TRS and pro-Telangana leaders within the ruling party.

Pranab Mukherjee was in Nizamabad to attend a function. He is the chairman of a three-member committee formed by ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) to look into the issue of separate Telangana. TRS has been demanding that the committee submit its report and the Congress party take a favourable stand on the issue.

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