Hyderabad: Armed with a go-ahead from the
Centre, the Andhra Pradesh Police as well as the Railway
Protection Force have decided to act tough and foil the
three-day rail-roko agitation planned by Telangana statehood
seekers from October 12.
"We will try, as security agencies, to keep things as
normal as possible. We will invoke certain stringent
provisions of the Railways Act as well as the Indian Penal
Code that will entail even life imprisonment for those seeking
to break the law (in the name of rail-roko)," state Additional
Director General of Police (Law and Order) Syed Anwar-ul Huda
He told a press conference that additional para-military
forces were being deployed, along with RPF, GRP and state
police personnel, at all vulnerable railway spots as well as
Though Huda did not give a specific reply on whether the
rail-roko would be allowed, he said, "We will try and keep
things as normal as possible. All of us (security agencies)
are joining hands to see things remain under control."
He said the police was geared up for "all eventualities"
and added that Telangana activists were being taken into
preventive custody ahead of the rail-roko.
Additional DGP (Government Railway Police) Varun Sindhu
Kul Kaumudi, Chief Security Commissioner of Railway Protection
Force B Mohan and Inspector General of Police (Law and Order)
AR Anuradha at the state police headquarters were also
present at the press conference.
"We have been very restrained so far. We will also
escalate our reaction now. Previously when the Telangana
protagonists resorted to rail-roko for a day in July and two
days in September, we had registered cases only under lighter
sections of law.
"Now, we will invoke stringent provisions not only against
those taking a direct part in the agitation but also against
those who incite them," Huda said.
Stressing that their "focus" would now be on reining in
leaders spearheading the agitation, he cautioned everyone not
to "break the law or cross the line. We can`t be silent
Additional DG (GRP) VSK Kaumudi said any act of sabotage
like removal of rails or fish plates would amount to homicide.
"We can`t allow this to happen," Kaumudi said.