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AP defends use of Greyhounds to quell Telangana violence

Last Updated: Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 23:19

New Delhi: The Andhra Pradesh government
today defended in the Supreme Court its controversial decision
to deploy elite anti-Naxatite squad "Greyhounds" to quell the
volatile Telangana agitation in Hyderabad`s Osmania University

The state said the anti-Naxalite force is deployed not
only for tackling the Left wing extremism but also to assist
other law and order enforcing agencies at times of exigencies
but without using the sophisticated anti-gureilla warfare

The state took the stance in an affidavit in response
to the apex court`s direction to explain how and why the
"Greyhounds" were deployed to quell the students` unrest and
whether such force is used for combating political rallies
and movements.

"Though the Greyhounds personnel are deployed
primarily on anti-Naxal duties, they are also occasionally
deployed on general law and order duties whenever mammoth
events take place.

"Greyhounds teams are equipped with sophisticated
fire arms when deployed on anti-Naxal duties while they are
provided with only riot gear when deployed on general law and
order/crowd management," the state said.


First Published: Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 23:19

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