Hyderabad: In the backdrop of stepped-up
pro-Telangana agitation, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran
Kumar Reddy on Monday night discussed the law and order situation in
Telangana with Home Minister P Sabita Indra Reddy and Director
General of Police K Aravinda Rao.
He reviewed the situation in the backdrop of violent
incidents in the city during the `march-to-Assembly’ agitation
by students and the 48-hour bandh call given by Telangana
Joint Action Committee beginning on Tuesday.
The police fired teargas shells to disperse the agitating
students in Osmania University campus and near the Nizam
College hostel when they pelted stones at the police.
The students also damaged railway properties and set a
bus on fire at Habsiguda in Hyderabad. Many state road transport
buses were damaged by mobs in the state capital.
A violent incident was also reported in Sanga Reddy
town when a group of students stormed into the district
Collectorate building and broke a glass door.
The CM reportedly directed the DGP to deal with such
incidents with a firm hand but "without any excesses."
Meanwhile, the Group of Ministers headed by Finance
Minister A Ramanarayana Reddy held talks with leaders of
Telangana Employees Joint Action Committee to end the non-
cooperation agitation being carried out by the employees
in the region since February 17.
"We are implementing all the promises made to the
employees. Hence, they should call off their agitation which
is severely affecting the administration and the state`s
financial position", the Finance Minister later said.
Meanwhile the police has sought
additional central forces for deployment in the city to avert
any untoward incidents.
Hyderabad Police Commissioner AK Khan told reporters that
a request for additional central forces for
deployment near the Assembly and Osmania University (OU) in
particular, has been made.
"Security arrangements and preventive measures are in
place but we are concentrating on enhancing security near
the Assembly and Osmania University and sought for additional
forces to prevent agitators from indulging in violence during
the bandh period", he said.
Referring to the violent incidents that rocked the state
capital on Monday as part of the `Chalo Assembly` and `Chalo Raj
Bhavan` rallies, Khan said that the police was gathering evidence on
the violent incidents that occurred near OU and Assembly and
would appropriately book cases against those who violated the
He said a group of advocates were responsible for stone
pelting, damage and ransacking of the Necklace Road railway
A committee is looking into the matter wherein some TV
channels broadcast Monday’s violent incidents and based on its
report action would be initiated against those TV channels who
violated the norms of Cable Networks (Regulation) Act, he