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'The Fifth Steel Plant'

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Web comment in response to 50 Years Ago column (EPW, 12 November 2016).

In October and November 1966, Andhra Pradesh (AP) witnessed an unprecedented outburst of anger from all sections of society, a movement against discrimination of the backward AP, encouraged by the hunger strike that started on 15 October in Visakhapatnam by Amruta Rao, from Guntur district. Students of Andhra University and Andhra Medical College spearheaded the agitation. In all of AP, trains and traffic came to a halt. A bandh was observed throughout AP and sympathetic hunger strike camps sprung up in every town. Thirty-two people were killed in police firing. The centre sent feelers through the press and politicians that it was determined to accept the demands and the cabinet subcommittee decision supporting Visakha Ukku–Andhrula Hakku.

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