AP CM reviews law and order situation in Telangana
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Last Updated: Monday, February 21, 2011, 23:11
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 prohibitory orders.

He said a group of advocates were responsible for stone pelting, damage and ransacking of the Necklace Road railway station.

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 added.


First Published: Monday, February 21, 2011, 23:11

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