This comes a week after police stopped the same protestors, from entering the Bison Polo ground.

Hyderabad police detain Congress activists protesting against SRDP flyover at Parade Ground
news News Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 08:15

Congress leaders from the Secunderabad cantonment were detained by the police on Monday, after they tried to organise a candle light vigil at Parade Grounds.

Tension prevailed after the Begumpet police reached the 'Veerula Saink Smarak' ('martyrs memorial) at the ground, on Monday evening.

The Congress workers were led by the TPCC official spokesperson, M Krishank, who protested the Telangana's recent decision to acquire land for a proposed flyover under the Strategic Road Development Programme (SRDP). 

The SRDP is part of the state's plan to construct multi-layer flyovers over 20 junctions in Hyderabad to decongest traffic in the city.

The police claimed that no protest could be organised, as arrangements were being made for Independence Day, and detained the protestors. 

Claiming that nearly 70-feet of Parade Ground land would be required for the SRDP, Krishank was quoted as saying, "In fact, we had sent an intimation to the police regarding candle light ceremony to be held in a peaceful manner. But, the police raised objection and took us into custody. The police also had a heated argument with us regarding the protest."

This comes a week after police stopped the same protestors, from entering the Bison Polo ground.

For a few months now, KCR has openly been eyeing the land in Gymkhana Ground and Bison Polo Ground, for constructing a 'vastu-compliant' Secretariat, Legislature and a cultural centre on the premises. 

He announced that the state government would be taking over the land this week, after a visit to New Delhi, to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley last month.

KCR also said that the Centre had agreed to transfer defence lands to the state, for the construction of flyovers.

Activists have even started an online petition against the state government’s proposed move to shift the Secretariat.

 

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