People's Democracy

(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)


No. 15

April 11, 2010

Left Leaders Arrested for

Taking out Peace Rally


LEADERS of eleven Left parties, including of CPI(M), CPI, CPI(ML), were arrested in Hyderabad on April 3 while trying to take out a peace rally in the context of communal violence in the old city. Among those arrested included CPI(M) state secretary B V Raghavulu and CPI deputy general secretary S Sudhakar Reddy. As the leaders and activists of the Left parties resisted the arrest, a tense atmosphere was created near Sundarayya Vignana Kendram.

Raghavulu condemned the police action and demanded how they allowed provocative processions but stopped those which sought establishment of peace. He held the state government squarely responsible for the violence in Hyderabad. He criticised the total failure of intelligence and police machinery in anticipating and preventing the violence. He attacked it for failing to supply essential commodities to the people in curfew imposed areas and demanded that the government must supply these free of cost to the people in old city.