1,720 people taken into preventive custody in Telangana
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Last Updated: Sunday, September 05, 2010, 23:09
Hyderabad: As many as 1,720 people, including leaders and workers of various political parties, were today taken into preventive custody when they held protests and observed bandh in Telangana region demanding postponement of preliminary recruitment test for Group-I service officers.

Police also registered 110 cases against the protesters, including the pro-Telangana activists, who defied prohibitory orders imposed around the exam centres following the shutdown call given by the Osmania University Students Joint Action Committee (OUJAC) and TRS, State Director General of Police K Aravinda Rao said.

Pro-Telangana activists who indulged in violence at the Osmania University (OU) campus barged into the exam centre and allegedly snatched answer-sheets and question papers from candidates and burnt them even as police intervened and took them into preventive custody.

Protesting the Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission's move to go ahead with the Group-I services exam, Congress leaders too held protests in OU campus with participation from party MPs -- Madhu Yashki Goud, G Sukhender Reddy, M Jagannath, K Rajagopal Reddy and G Vivek while Ponnam Prabhakar and S Rajaiah took part in the protests in their respective constituencies of Karimnagar and Warangal.

The leaders were taken into preventive arrests and later released on bail, police said.

Nearly 51 buses were damaged in different districts across Telangana, when agitators pelted stones on them in Medak district, at Godavarikhani in Karimnagar district, at Hayathnagar and Saroornagar in Hyderabad and at Choutuppal in Nalgonda district.

TRS leader Harish Rao was taken into preventive custody in Medak district, while workers of TRS and BJP were arrested as preventive measure, as they staged a blockade in Miryalaguda town.

Elaborate security arrangements were made for smooth conduct of the exams and prohibitory orders were in place near the 445 exam centres across the state. The situation in the state is peaceful and the bandh passed off peacefully without any major incidents, Rao said.

The OUJAC and Telangana JAC had demanded that the state government postpone the Group-I examinations demanding that 42 per cent seats be reserved for candidates from their region.

Meanwhile, APPSC chairman Venkatarami Reddy said that they would hold a meeting of Commission officials shortly and a decision would be taken on whether to conduct re-examination at one of the exam centres at OU campus where violence was reported.

Hyderabad Police Commissioner A K Khan termed the OU incident as "unfortunate" and said exams at the remaining 127 centres across Hyderabad was conducted peacefully.


First Published: Sunday, September 05, 2010, 23:09

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