Hours after Jayanthi Natarajan, the Minister of Environment and Forests, opened the United Nations Conference on Biodiversity at the HICC, social activist Amala Akkineni unfurled a banner from the balcony of the Charminar. The 60-ft banner emblazoned with the Prime Minister's face read - Stop Coal Crimes - Save Indian Forests.
Talking about her protest, Amala Akkineni said that the coal mining is destroying the huge biodiversity in India. It is also threatening lives of thousands of tribal people and Tigers. The better half of actor Nagarjuna added, "Hence, I am protesting along with the people who have signed Greenpeace India's petition demanding the govt to stop destroying our forests."
However, the Charminar police sources claim that Amala Akkineni had not taken prior permission for staging dharna. Hence, the traffic came to a standstill and the traffic movement was paralysed for at least a couple of hours giving a tough time to the traffic police.