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Now, KCR says he is still on fast unto death

By Mohammed Siddique
Last updated on: November 30, 2009 23:34 IST
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In a late night development, Telangna Rashtra Samiti chief K Chandrashekhara Rao did another volte face when he told the media that he had not withdrawn his fast unto death and it was the police which had forced him to take the fruit juice in the hospital.

Rao said that he was still continuing his fast and will prefer to remain in jail.

"I have neither applied for bail nor I am going to do so. I will remain in jail and continue fast unto death till the demand for Telangana is fulfilled," he said.

This came within a few hours after he was administered saline in the Khammam government hospital by the doctors with the help of police. Rao, who had accepted the fruit juice offered by the doctors had said that he was ending the fast.

But changing his position once again, he said there was no question of going back on fast.

He demanded that the Andhra Pradesh government should pay a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the families of each person who died during the current agitation for Telangana and release all the students.

On the sharp criticism of popular balladeer Ghaddar describing him (Rao) as untrustworthy, Rao said that Ghaddar had no right to say such things as he had not done any thing for Telangana. "The people who talk like this are traitors," he said.

Meanwhile, the police detained Rao's nephew and Member of Legislative Assembly T Harish Rao when he tried to go to Khammam to meet him. He was stopped mid way and was sent back to Medak.

KCR's son and MLA K Taraka Rama Rao and other family members were also on their way to Khammam to meet him.

Meanwhile, the students of the Osmania University in Hyderabad gave vent to their anger against KCR by taking out his mock funeral procession.

Shouting slogans that KCR had sold himself to the government, they burnt his effigy. The students, who were in the forefront of protests over the last two days and bore the brunt of police force, announced that even if KCR withdraws his fast, they will continue the struggle for Telangana on their own. The students said that a meeting of their joint action committee will chalk out the future course of action. They also decided to continue their relay hunger strike.

Meanwhile, T Harish Rao alleged that the police had forcefully broke the indefinite fast of KCR. Harish Rao said that the government was enacting a drama since the beginning by creating obstacles in the path of KCR's fast unto death.

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