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Drop cases against Basheer Bagh Rally leaders: Lok Satta

Posted on Nov 09, 09:22PM | UNI

The Lok Satta Party today demanded that the Andhra Pradesh Government drop the CID move to file charge sheets against people who led the movement against the hike in power tariffs in 2000.

Addressing a press conference here, Lok Satta Party General Secretary Katari Srinivasa Rao said leaders like Survaram Sudhakar Reddy (CPI), B V Raghavulu (CPI (M), Gummadi Narsaiah (New Democracy), and Ms Punyavati were sought to be accused of entering into a criminal conspiracy and instigating violence.

Mr Rao said the state Government apparently wanted to subdue opposition by framing such atrocious cases 12 years after the Basheer Bagh firing incident.

Violence might have erupted when the police tried to suppress a legitimate agitation. The Government should handle such issues politically, he said.

Mr Rao appealed to students and youths not to commit suicides by referring to the instances of Osmania student D Santosh ending his life in the cause of Telangana statehood.

They should live and fight for their demands, he added.