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Left parties stage protest at Hyderabad's Bharti Walmart

Posted on Nov 19, 07:26PM | IANS

Leaders and activists of the left parties were arrested here for staging a protest in front of Best Price store of Bharti Walmart here Monday.

Protesting the government's decision to allow foreign direct investment in retail, dozens of protestors squatted in front of the store in Sivarampally area, causing traffic jam on the road to the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport.

Police arrested Communist Party of India (CPI) state secretary K. Narayana and Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader B.V. Raghavulu and their supporters.

Raising slogans of 'FDI down down', the protestors who were holding the party flags in their hands, tried to resist the arrests, leading to mild tension in the area.

Police bodily lifted the protestors to waiting vehicles and shifted them to a police station.

Narayana told reporters that the government's decision to allow FDI in retail would make a large number of people unemployed. He demanded immediate rollback of the decision.

Bharti Walmart, the joint venture between Bharti Enterprises and Walmart Stores Inc, opened a wholesale store here in September.