Anantapur: The ongoing agitation opposing the proposal to divide the state has claimed two more lives. M. Muniswamy, 51, an RTC employee collapsed while taking part in the agitation at Nandyal in Kurnool district.
Union leaders S.A. Khan and S. Rao lamented that Muniswamy was actively taking part in the agitation since Tuesday.
He sufferred a cardiac arrest during protest and died. He is survived by a son.
Similarly, K. Eeswarappa, 60, Samikyandhra activist from Vibudhipalli in Lepakshi mandal in the district collapsed due to cardiac arrest at his residence in the wee hours on Wednesday.
Sources said, Eeswarappa, a TD worker, was taking part in the agitations for past 10 days at Lepakshi and Hindupur demanding that the state should be kept united. He was also briefing many youths and villagers over consequences if the state was divided and the affect on the Rayalaseema region.
Hindupur TD MLA Abdul Ghani and others expressed their concern for the family members of the deceased.
In the other incident, Byreddy Bayyapu Reddy, 56, a Samikyandhra activist jumped from a three-storied lodge raising Samaikyandhra slogans at Muddanur road in Jammalamadugu in Kadapa district.
Bayyapu Reddy, who was native of Uppalur in Peddamudiyam mandal, has been taking part in the agitation.He suffered serious head injury and fracture in the left leg.
He was shifted to Kurnool general hospital and his condition is said to be serious. Jammalamadugu RDO K. Raghunath Reddy, former minister Ramasubba Reddy and others rushed the spot.