Heavy security and arrest of thousands of activists could not stop Million March on Thursday by Telangana Joint Action Committee.
Thousands of people thronged Tank Bund removing the barricades and defying prohibitory orders. Police failed to prevent the march despite sealing all the routes leading to Tank Bund.
Osmania University students dismantled the campus main gate in a pitched battle with the police. Congress MPs K Kesava Rao and Madhu Yashki were chased by the angry crowd. The MPs downplayed the attack.
The agitators vandalized as many as 16 statues on Tank Bund. Nannayya, Brahma Naidu, Kandukuri Veereshalingam, Sri Sri, Erra Pragada, Annamayya, Jashua, Rani Rudrama Devi, Molla, Tripuraneni Ramaswamy Choudhary, Siddhendra Yogi, Kshetraiah and Sri Krishnadevarayalu statues partially damaged.