Hyderabad: Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) president A. Revanth Reddy and TPCC working president Anjan Kumar Yadav were arrested on Friday for protesting against the fuel price hike.
They were taken to Amberpet police station.
The Congress party leaders of Telangana had organized a protest against the rising fuel prices. They were demanding the TRS government in the state reduce taxes on fuel to provide relief to the people. Hundreds of activists had gathered at Indira Park in Hyderabad as part of the "Chalo Raj Bhavan" programme.
The TPCC chief alleged that both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao have been charging Rs. 33 each as taxes per liter of petrol. He further said that the LPG prices have increased by more than Rs. 400 since the BJP came to power.
Blaming both the Central and state governments for the hike, Mr. Revanth Reddy alleged that concerned about their future some people close to the Chief Minister were obtaining passports of other countries to escape the Indian laws. "We will not let them get away come what may," he said indicating that some officials in the KCR government will also have to face the law.
Levelling severe allegations against the state Intelligence chief Prabhakar Rao, he said KCR was allowing him to continue in the post even after his retirement. The Intelligence chief is hiring hackers to hack the phones of Opposition leaders, he alleged, adding that he would have to face the law once KCR's term is over.
The police arrested the Congress leaders despite Mr. Revanth Reddy asking them to allow them to march till the Ambedkar statue.
MLA Seethakka, former Union minister Balaram Naik, and Congress leader Madhu Goud Yaskhi were also taken to the Goshamahal police station for participating in the protest.