TJAC chief, others held ahead of Hyderabad protest rally

Hyderabad, Feb 22: Telangana Joint Action Committee chairman M Kodandaram and several others were today taken into preventive custody ahead of their proposed rally on the issue of unemployment for which they have been denied permission.

Police forces, drawn from various districts in Telangana and Hyderabad city, were deployed at all strategic locations to maintain law and order, Hyderabad Police Commissioner M Mahendar Reddy said.

He said prohibitory orders were clamped as a precautionary measure and action would be initiated as per law against those who attempt to violate it. The TJAC's request for organising the rally and public meeting at Indira Park by has already been rejected in view of the law and order situation, he said and appealed to the public not to come to Hyderabad to take part in the rally.

Deputy Commissioner of Police, (East Zone) A Ravindar said, "He (TJAC chairman) insisted on taking out a rally and go ahead with the public meeting. Hence, Kodandaram and 20 other TJAC leaders were taken into preventive custody in the 

early hours today."

"They will be released by's only a preventive arrest," the DCP said.

TJAC is an umbrella organisation of different pro- Telangana groups that had spearheaded the movement for separate state.

"As permission has not been granted no one should come towards Indira Park," he said. 

Police also took into preventive custody several others, including local Congress leaders and members of other political parties and organisations, from different parts of the city. 

They also prevented a group of students, belonging to different organisations, of Osmania University from taking out a march towards Indira Park from the varsity. Mild tension prevailed as the students argued with police.