Four young men attempted to climb a 150-foot tall communications
tower in the heart of the city Tuesday evening, demanding a separate
state of Vidarbha.
According to Deputy Commissioner of Police B. T. Patil, the young
men belonged to a pro-Vidarbha group. They attempted to climb up the
wireless communication tower of the BSNL.
“They managed to climb around 40-50 feet before we urged them to
come down for safety reasons,” Patil said.
However, they continued to shout pro-Vidarbha slogans for nearly an
hour before an official from the district collectorate came and
The official assured them that they would be given an opportunity to
present their demands before Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, who is
expected to visit Nagpur Wednesday.
While a huge crowd gathered to witness the drama, the men were let
off by the police with a warning.
Meanwhile, the Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS) which is at the
forefront of the pro-separate state agitation, has urged people to
“boycott” Chavan when he comes to Nagpur.
“This is to lodge our protest against his wavering utterances and
unclear stand on the issue of a separate Vidarbha,” VJAS president
Kishor Tiwari said.
Tiwari said that though Chavan last week declared he would oppose
the formation of a separate Vidarbha, he changed his stance on the
Chavan said in Mumbai Tuesday that he would abide by the decision of
the party high command and its coalition partner Nationalist
Congress Party on the issue of a separate Vidarbha.
Tiwari termed the action of the four men in climbing the BSNL tower
as a “casual and irresponsible approach to a serious and genuine
demand for a separate Vidarbha”.
Incidentally, all major political parties and other groups
participated in a two-day sit-in agitation demanding a separate
Vidarbha which ended Monday in Nagpur.