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Violence Erupts in Telangana Protests Against Ethanol Plant

Violence Erupts in Telangana as Protest Against Ethanol Plant Leaves 2 Police Officers Injured and Vehicle Torched

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Violence Erupts in Telangana Protests Against Ethanol Plant

In a concerning turn of events, a protest organized by villagers in Narayanpet district of Telangana took a violent and destructive turn on Sunday. The clash resulted in injuries to two police officers and the alleged torching of a police vehicle by the protesters.

This incident unfolded in Chittanoor village, located within the Marikal mandal of the district. Villagers had assembled in response to an incident a day earlier when they halted a tanker and staged a dharna, blocking the road.

The protestors’ primary grievance was their belief that the tanker was transporting pollutants discharged by an ethanol plant situated near their village. According to the villagers, the plant had been recklessly disposing of waste in their vicinity, leading to significant environmental pollution.

In an attempt to address these concerns, district authorities had assured the villagers that an official team would investigate the issue and undertake a thorough verification process.

However, tensions escalated during negotiations between revenue and police officials and the representatives of the protesters. Several individuals within the protest group began pelting stones at the officials, resulting in heightened anxiety in the area. As a result, some protesters reportedly set a police vehicle on fire and damaged another. Subsequently, the police were compelled to employ baton charges in their efforts to disperse the agitated villagers.

In response to the situation, a senior police official stated, “Since the protesters turned violent, we have taken action to bring the situation under control. One Circle Inspector and a Sub-Inspector sustained injuries due to stone pelting. However, the situation has now calmed down.”

Details regarding potential injuries among the protesters remained unclear at the time of reporting.

Regarding arrests, the official mentioned that a case was being registered, and appropriate legal action would be initiated following an investigation. Additional police forces were deployed to maintain order, and ongoing inquiries into the matter were underway.

The villagers of Chittanoor have been engaging in protests against the ethanol factory for several months. Their primary allegations revolve around the company’s irresponsible disposal of pollutants in their locality, causing significant environmental harm. It is essential to note that these villagers had previously expressed opposition to the construction of the plant.

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K Kavitha Arrested by ED in Delhi Excise Case

K Kavitha, daughter of former CM K Chandrashekar Rao, arrested by ED in connection with Delhi excise policy case after searches at her Hyderabad residence.

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K Kavitha Arrested by ED in Delhi Excise Case

K Kavitha, a prominent leader of the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) and daughter of former CM K Chandrashekar Rao, was recently arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with the Delhi excise policy case. This development comes after the agency, along with the Income Tax department, conducted searches at her Hyderabad residence.

K Kavitha Arrested

The arrest of K Kavitha, who serves as a member of the legislative council (MLC) from Nizamabad, has stirred controversy and political upheaval. The ED’s allegations suggest her involvement in a ‘South Group’ accused of paying kickbacks to Aam Aadmi Party leaders in exchange for undue benefits under the now-defunct Delhi excise policy.

Despite the ED’s claims, Kavitha vehemently denies any wrongdoing, labeling the notices against her as “Modi notices.” Her arrest has sparked tensions, with her brother K T Rama Rao and cousin T Harish Rao engaging in a heated exchange with ED officers during the search proceedings.

This recent development adds to the political turbulence surrounding Kavitha, especially following her party’s loss to the Congress in the November 2023 Assembly elections. Once a prominent figure in the Telangana separate state movement, Kavitha’s political career faced setbacks, notably her defeat in the 2019 elections to BJP’s Dharmapuri Aravind.

Despite challenges, Kavitha remains a significant figure in Telangana politics. Her journey, from winning the Nizamabad Parliamentary constituency with a substantial margin to facing electoral setbacks, reflects the dynamic nature of politics in the region. As she navigates through these legal and political challenges, Kavitha’s actions and decisions continue to shape the political landscape of Telangana.

In conclusion, K Kavitha’s arrest by the ED marks a critical juncture in her political journey, with implications reaching far beyond the confines of Telangana. Stay tuned for further updates on this evolving story.

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Moinabad woman’s death case: Police accused of negligence

Tragic death of Tahseen, a woman found burnt near Dream Valley Resort. Habibnagar police is facing investigation on charges of alleged negligence.

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Moinabad woman's death case: Police accused of negligence
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Bakaram Village, Moinabad Mandal, Rangareddy District – A perplexing case has emerged surrounding the tragic death of a young woman, whose charred body was discovered near the Dream Valley Resort in Bakaram village four days ago. The victim has been identified as Tahseen (22), a young Muslim woman from Mallepally.

Local residents stumbled upon the horrifying scene and promptly alerted the police. However, the circumstances surrounding Tahseen’s death have taken an unexpected turn, raising questions about the initial assumptions of foul play. The police, after delving into the investigation, now lean towards the possibility that Tahseen might have taken her own life.

Tahseen, a recent graduate in search of employment, was known for occasionally leaving home after disputes and returning within a day or two. This time, however, the unexpected tragedy occurred. As the police delved deeper into the case, Tahseen’s family filed a missing person report, adding a new layer of complexity to the investigation.

Authorities have seized the cell phone found at the crime scene and are scrutinizing it for crucial information. Additionally, CCTV footage from the area is under examination. Notably, the auto-rickshaw driver who transported Tahseen to the location has been apprehended, and efforts are underway to recover call records from her phone to establish possible connections.

While the family’s missing person report indicates suspicions of foul play, the police are inclined to consider the possibility of suicide based on the evidence collected thus far. However, an official announcement is yet to be made.

In a concerning development, it has been reported that the Habibnagar police may have acted negligently in this case. Tahseen left her residence in Mallepally on the 8th of this month, and her brother lodged a missing person complaint on the 10th. Surprisingly, the Habibnagar police have yet to register a case, prompting the Commissioner of Police to intervene. The Commissioner has expressed dissatisfaction with the handling of the matter and is reportedly contemplating disciplinary action against the negligent officers. The investigation is ongoing, and further details are awaited to shed light on the mysterious circumstances surrounding Tahseen’s untimely death.

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K. Kavitha of Bharat Rashtra Samithi Welcomes Ayodhya’s Ram Temple, Fuels Speculation of Political Realignment

BRS leader K. Kavitha hails Ayodhya Ram Temple as a dream fulfilled. Amid power loss to Congress in Telangana, party’s alignment with BJP speculated.

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K. Kavitha of Bharat Rashtra Samithi Welcomes Ayodhya's Ram Temple, Fuels Speculation of Political Realignment
BRS leader K Kavitha (File photo:newindianexpress)

Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) leader K. Kavitha expressed joy over the realization of a longstanding dream for millions of Hindus—the construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya. In a Telugu post on X, she highlighted the auspicious moment when the idol of Sri Seetharama Chandra Swamy would be installed in Ayodhya on January 22, underscoring the significance of the event for Hindus across the country, including Telangana.

Kavitha, the daughter of BRS President and former Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, shared a video showcasing the ongoing construction of the grand temple. This statement marks a notable shift in the party’s stance, particularly following the recent loss of power to the Congress in Telangana.

Political observers interpret this change as a potential indication that BRS might align itself with the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), drawing parallels with the JD(S) that joined the NDA a few months after facing defeat in the Karnataka Assembly elections alongside the BJP.

In the context of this development, BJP supporters recalled previous statements by BRS leaders, including KCR, K.T. Rama Rao, and Kavitha, on the Ayodhya issue. Some took to social media to share video clips of past speeches, underlining the evolving dynamics within the party.

During election campaigns, KCR had previously raised questions about the Babri Masjid demolition. At an election rally in the Nizamabad Urban constituency, he pointedly asked about the culprits behind the demolition and criticized the Congress for allegedly exploiting Muslim sentiments for electoral gains. The BRS chief emphasized the importance of consistent secularism and questioned the sincerity of political gestures claiming to counter hatred.

Having governed Telangana for two consecutive terms, BRS ceded power to the Congress in the recent elections, where the Congress secured 64 seats out of the 119-member Assembly. BRS secured the second position with 39 seats, while the BJP won eight seats.

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