Hyderabad police have denied permission to Telangana Democratic Front (TDF), an umbrella of several mass organisations, to march to the assembly on Wednesday to protest killings of two Maoists on grounds that Maoists may participate and indulge in violence.
While rejecting TDF's application for permission for the march, the police said TDF was formed and the call for the march was given at the instance of banned Communist Party of India-Maoist.
TDF had called for "chalo assembly", a march from Sundaraiah Park to the assembly building to protest the killings of two Maoists by the police in "staged-managed" gunfight.
Maoists Shruthi and Vidyasagar were killed near Medaram of Warangal district on September 16. It was the first case after the formation of separate Telangana state last year.
A total of 370 organisations including 10 left parties and the groups which fought for separate Telangana state, have come together under the banner of TDF to condemn the killings.
The group which also includes revolutionary writer Varavara Rao and intellectuals like Haragopal, Chuka Ramaiah and Kodandaram alleged that Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government has gone back on its word that no staged killings will take place in the state.
The TDF headed by Chada Venkat Reddy, state secretary of Communist Party of India (CPI), is demanding probe by a sitting judge into the killings.
Alleging that the woman Maoist was raped before being shot dead, it demanded that cases be filed under Nirbhaya Act on the perpetrators.
While denying permission for 'chalo assembly', Deputy Commissioner of Police V. B. Kamalasan Reddy said in his orders that it is reliably learnt that TDF was formed at the instance of CPI-Maoist and this programme is being organised in support of the furtherance of its cause and ideology.
Noting that CPI-Maoist and all its formations and front organizations were banned and declared as terrorist organisations by the Indian government, he expressed the apprehension that open cadres, supporters, sympathisers and activists of all mass organisations of CPI-Maoist from Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Andhra-Orissa Border will reach Hyderabad in large numbers and indulge in large scale violence.
Meanwhile, tension prevailed at Osmania University in the city on Tuesday night as police arrested leaders and activists of students' organisations preparing to participate in Wednesday's march to the assembly.
Students resisted arrest, which led to tension. A similar situation prevailed at Kakatiya University in Warangal.
Condemning the arrests, TDF said it remind of the dark days of emergency.