1969 Telangana-fighters to fight for pension

deccan chronicle

Nation, Current Affairs

Fighters took out a rally from Ganesh temple to Telangana Martyrs Memorial

Representational image

Khammam: The fighters of 1969 Telangana movement have planned a phase-wise action plan to achieve their three demands by bringing it to the notice of the government.

As part of first phase, these leaders observed a one day hunger strike on Wednesday in Kothagudem. The fighters took out a rally from Ganesh temple to Telangana Martyrs Memorial at RTC bus stand by shouting slogans to fulfil their demand. Palla Kanakaiah, who was actively involved in 1969 movement, said that the government is turning a blind eye to the problems of T-martyrs.

“The agitators ignited the fire to achieve Telangana in 1969 and the spark continued till the end of the goal achieved in 2014,” he said, adding that it is responsibility of the government to honour them with due respect.

D. Buchaiah, another T-fighter said that they have been demanding to recognise the persons who were involved in 1969 movement as Telangana freedom fighters first. The second demand is to sanction pensions to them and pay Rs 10 lakh ex gratia to the persons who were injured in the movement.

V. Santiramu, T-fighters Samithi president, said that 369 people died in the movement and many sustained injuries in the police lathi-charge. “We will continue the fight in a phased manner till their three demands are achieved,” he said.

Leaders from Congress, YSRC, CPI and CPM including former minister V. Venkateswara Rao, Yadavalli Krishna, Sadineni Venkateswara Rao, Anwar Pasha, V. Mallesh, Koneru Satyanarayana and Kodamasinham Pandurangacharylu extended their solidarity to them.