TDP leader in Telangana sent to jail

Hyderabad, Sep 28 (IANS) A court in Telangana on Monday sent TDP leader E. Dayakar Rao to judicial custody for 14 days in a case relating to a clash with workers of the ruling TRS.

The legislator, who was arrested after the clash at Palakurthy in Warangal district on Sunday, was produced before the court in Jangaon. Police also presented 20 others arrested in the case.

Fifteen people, including a sub-inspector and two journalists, were injured in the clash between activists of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS).

The clash broke out when Dayakar Rao arrived with his supporters at a function where Deputy Chief Minister Kadiam Srihari was inaugurating a new building at Palakurthy market yard. The two groups pelted stones and hurled chairs at each other.

The TDP members were raising slogans against the government for not following the protocol for the programme. They alleged that the legislator was deliberately ignored for the function.

Dayakar Rao, who is the TDP leader in the Telangana assembly, and his supporters were subsequently arrested and were lodged in a police station for the whole night.

The opposition party alleged that the ruling party leaders and activists attacked Dayakar Rao and his followers. It alleged that the protocol was not being followed in the constituencies represented by the opposition legislators.

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