Hyderabad: Braving violent protests by Telangana separatists, TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu on Friday began his 'Rythu Poru Baata (struggle for farmers)' in Lakshmakkapalli in Andhra Pradesh's Warangal district.

During the 120-km route from Hyderabad, the separatist elements led by Telangana Rashtra Samiti made several attempts to block Naidu's cavalcade but he went ahead with his tour programme even as thousands of TDP workers welcomed him at every place.

Fearing a breakdown of law and order, Warangal DSP Rajesh Kumar suggested that Chandrababu put off his tour but he did not relent.

"I am fighting for the cause of farmers and shall not be cowed down by protests," Naidu said.

Hundreds of police personnel were lined up along the route to prevent trouble but at a few places like Tarnaka in Hyderabad city, Janagaon and Hanmakonda, Telangana separatists went berserk.

Police fired teargas shells to quell the mob who hurled stones at Chandrababu's convoy at Tarnaka.

At Bhuvanagiri in Nalgonda district, TRS workers tried to block the former Chief Minister's motorcade but were chased away by police.

In Warangal, Janagaon and Mahbubabad, statehood-seekers staged protests outside State Road Transport Corporation depots and prevented buses from coming out. A bandh was also observed in Warangal and other parts of the district.

Hundreds of protesters were taken into custody in connection with the incidents, a senior police officer from Warangal said.

Amidst protests, Chandrababu reached Lakshmakkapalli to a tumultuous welcome by TDP rank and file. MLAs Errabilli Dayakar Rao, Seetakka, Revuri Prakash Reddy and senior leader Kadiyam Srihari welcomed Chandrababu.

The TDP chief began his 11-km 'padayatra' from Lakshmakkapalli and interacted with farmers.

He told them he was not against Telangana and made his party's stand very clear many times. "But still these people are trying to prevent me from coming to you. I have come here to know your problems and fight for solution," Chandrababu said.

He also inspected agriculture fields where crops were affected because of drought.

(Agencies)