`Para military forces in Andhra not meant to suppress protest`

Congress MPs from Telangana, as well as the Telangana Rashtra Samiti, have demanded immediate withdrawal of the Central security forces

Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh government on Wednesday sought to allay apprehensions over the deployment of para-military forces in the state saying they were intended
only to maintain law and order and not to suppress possible
protests in the aftermath of submission of report by Justice
Srikrishna Committee on the statehood issue.

"People need not have any apprehensions or misgivings
over the deployment of Central para-military forces. They are
only for maintenance of law and order across the state and not
to suppress any agitations or protests," Home Minister P
Sabita Indra Reddy told newsmen at the end of a high-level
review meeting on law and order, chaired by Chief Minister N
Kiran Kumar Reddy this evening.

She said the Central forces were being deployed in all
the three regions of the state and not in any particular
region, though there would be higher deployment in
`trouble-prone areas`.

The Home Minister’s statement assumes significance as
Congress MPs from Telangana, as well as the Telangana Rashtra Samiti, have demanded immediate withdrawal of the Central security forces as they were causing apprehensions among the people.

The Telangana Congress MPs met the Chief Minister earlier in the day and demanded withdrawal of Central forces forthwith.

The Minister said the state had requested the Centre for
deployment of para-military forces as the local police might
not be able to handle difficult situation on its own.

PTI

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