K M Dayashankar
Public visiting various offices on Collectorate premises faced the wrath of police following their denial of entry
Visitors of a marriage function opposite to Collectorate also suffered due to over-enthusiasm of police
Town painted in pink with the erection of huge vinyl posters and hoardings on traffic islands
Several Congress leaders were taken into preventive custody and lodged in police stations
KARIMNAGAR: In the wake of Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao’s visit to Karimnagar town on Friday to participate in various programmes including review of Dalit bandhu programme, the Karimnagar town in general and the Collectorate office premises where the CM had conducted the review meeting, in particular, was fortified with the deployment of additional police forces.
The curfew-like situation prevailed at the Collectorate office premises with the denial of entry of the general public into the premises and forced the people to leave the Collectorate road. Even the government employees had to face the wrath of the police and were not allowed to enter the premises without possessing the identity cards. The outsourcing staff, who does not possess identity cards, were forced to go home.
The people visiting the State Bank of India branch, the three tahsildar offices, Registration office and other government offices housed on the Collectorate premises were denied entry forcing them to cancel their works causing serious inconvenience and embarrassment. The residents visiting a marriage function at the Revenue gardens opposite to the Collectorate also faced the wrath of the police due to barricading of the road.
The Karimnagar Commissionerate of Police made unprecedented security arrangements with the deployment of additional police forces roped in from other districts following the CM’s visit from Thursday night onwards.
The CM arrived on Thursday night from Warangal after attending the marriage function of TS Planning board vice chairman B Vinod Kumar’s son and camped at his residence in Theegalaguttapalli on the outskirts of the town. On Friday, he attended the marriage function of TRS karmika sangham state leader L Roop Singh’s daughter at Alugunur.
Later, he visited the Collectorate office premises to conduct the review meeting with the Ministers and district officials on the implementation of Dalit bandhu scheme. Ever since the CM entered the Collectorate premises, the police had further tightened the security by barricading the Collectorate road causing umpteen woes to the road users.
In the meantime, the police had taken several Congress leaders including City Congress president Komatireddy Venkat Reddy and others into custody and lodged at the Karimnagar Two town police station. The police had also detained the Youth Congress leaders, who planned to besiege the CM’s convoy in the town.
On the other hand, the TRS district unit leaders had painted the Karimnagar town in ‘pink’ by erecting huge vinyl posters and welcome arches to welcome the CM to Karimnagar town at the traffic islands, which have become an eyesore and hindrance for the smooth movement of the traffic.