Following deterioration in his health condition, the State police arrested former minister Komatreddy Venkat Reddy from the hunger strike camp at Nalgonda and shifted him to a city hospital.
In a late night operation, several police teams arrived at Clock Tower at Nalgonda where Komatreddy was observing indefinite fast demanding separate Telangana since November 1 and took him into custody. A medical team and an ambulance were also brought at the health camp. Amidst several attempts by his followers to resist the arrest, police shifted him in an ambulance. Later, he was shifted to Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences at Punjagutta under tight police security.
However, Komatreddy has continued his fast at NIMS and refused to take food. The doctors tried in vain to convince him that his health would deteriorate further if he does not break the fast. But the former minister insisted on continuation on fast till the Centre announces a roadmap for the formation of Telangana State.
Meanwhile, Health Minister DL Ravindra Reddy paid a visit to NIMS and requested Komatreddy to end the fast. Later, he told reporters that Komatreddy was arrested following the reports that he could go into coma if he continues the fast. He said although Komatreddy has refused to break the fast, the doctors have started giving him necessary medications to save his life.
Congress MPs Gutta Sukhender Reddy, Madhu Yaskhi Goud, AICC Secretary P Sudhakar and other leaders visited NIMS and requested the former minister to break the fast. Sukhender said that the Centre must react immediately and announce its decision on Telangana issue. Madhu Yaskhi also demanded that the Centre must keep its words of resolving the issue after Bakrid. He said the matter has now turned highly sensitive and therefore, it must not be dragged or delayed further. (INN)
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