TRS MP Kavitha gets relief in ‘rail roko’ case

Hyderabad: TRS MP Kalvakuntla Kavitha was today granted relief by a railway court in Secunderabad in connection with the ‘rail roko’ protests held in 2011 for formation of separate Telangana state.

Kavitha, daughter of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, who represents Nizamabad Lok Sabha seat, appeared before the Metropolitan Magistrate Court for Railways.

During examination, she pleaded guilty for the offence under section 174 A (obstructing running of train) under the Railways Act.

“She requested the court to take a lenient view with regard to the sentence and accordingly she was released under provisions of the Probation of Offenders Act Act,” Public Prosecutor Secunderabad Railways Division said.

On November 23 last year, Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya and three Telangana ministers Nayani Narasimha Reddy, K T Rama Rao and T Padma Rao besides others were also granted relief by the court in connection with the case against them over ‘rail roko’ protests in 2011.

During 2011, as part of Sakala Janula Samme (general strike) organised in support of separate statehood demand for Telangana, the BJP and TRS leaders along with members of pro-Telangana organisations trespassed onto railway track and organised ‘Vanta Varpu’ (mass cooking).