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Missing Andhra MP surfaces
Hyderabad, Dec 21 (IANS):
Published on 21 Dec. 2009 10:50 PM IST
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Nearly 15 hours after making a dramatic escape from a hospital in Vijayawada, Congress MP Lagadapati Rajagopal reached Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) in Hyderabad. The Vijayawada MP, whose indefinite fast opposing the proposed division of Andhra Pradesh entered the seventh day, got himself admitted at NIMS even as pro-Telangana supporters raised slogans against him. Tension prevailed at NIMS as police made massive security arrangements anticipating law and order problems. The industrialist MP, who gave slip to policemen deployed at the government-run hospital in Vijayawada Sunday night, made a dramatic entry to NIMS in an auto-rickshaw through the rear entrance. Witnesses said he walked into the emergency block of the hospital. The MP is believed to have reached Hyderabad early Monday, taken rest at a guest house and waited for the government’s decision before to treat him at NIMS before reaching the hospital amid high drama. Earlier, Andhra Pradesh police chief Girish Kumar suspended five police officials of Vijayawada for dereliction of duty. An assistant commissioner of police, two inspectors and two sub-inspectors were suspended as they failed to prevent the MP from escaping. The MP disappeared Sunday night by giving the slip to 300 policemen deployed around the Government General Hospital. The police launched a massive manhunt, which continued throughout the night and Monday morning around Vijayawada and highways, leading towards Hyderabad. Chief Minister K. Rosaiah held a high-level meeting with officials and later an emergency cabinet meeting, where he decided to allow the MP to be treated at NIMS. The government had earlier rejected his demand, anticipating law and order problems. The government decision has come under criticism from all the parties in Telangana including leaders of Congress party. Pro-Telangana groups like Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) and the Joint Action Committee of Osmania University students have threatened protests against Rajagopal. It was at NIMS that TRS chief K. Chandrasekhara Rao was admitted during his ‘fast unto death’, demanding the formation of a Telangana state. Rajagopal was arrested twice in Hyderabad for trying to launch indefinite fast here Dec 14 and he was sent back to Vijayawada the next day. TRS to organise ‘victory rally’, thanks students for support HYDERABAD, Dec 21 (PTI): Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) would organise a victory rally at Warangal on December 24 to celebrate the Centre’s decision to initiate the process for formation of separate Telangana state. “We will be organising a big rally at Warangal on the evening of December 24,” senior TRS legislator T Harish Rao told reporters after a meeting of the party’s polit bureau in Hyderabad on Sunday. The proposed ‘bus yatra’ of TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao, scheduled to start from Monday, has been postponed following medical advice, Harish Rao said. The ‘yatra’ is likely to start from December 25 and the final schedule for it would be announced later, Harish Rao, a nephew of Chandrasekhar Rao, said. The polit bureau, presided by the party president, passed resolutions appreciating the support of employees and students to the agitation launched by the party. It also praised the 11-day fast undertaken by Chandrasekhar Rao. The polit bureau also thanked parties who extended their support to the TRS. The party would support the families of those who sacrificed their lives for the cause of Telangana statehood, party leaders said.

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