Protesting students were not fired upon, says Andhra DGP
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Last Updated: Friday, January 07, 2011, 19:45
Hyderabad: A top police official of Andhra Pradesh on Friday said that some persons were trying to create tension by circulating SMSes in bulk claiming that police fired on students at Osmania University.

"Only tear-gas shells were fired when a mob of protesters pelted stones injuring 24 personnel including an Additional DCP. No firing took place," Director General of Police K Aravinda Rao told reporters meeting state Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy at the Secretariat here.

The DGP said only small-intensity pellet-shooting guns were being used to disperse mobs and not lethal weapons like .303 Rifle and Self-Loading Rifle.

"Some tension is certainly prevailing on the Osmania University campus. But our effort is to ensure that it does not escalate," the DGP said.

He said only personnel of the Andhra Pradesh Special Police (APSP) were now deployed on the University campus.

The police chief said six cases were registered in Hyderabad city in connection with burning of three state road transport buses yesterday and stone pelting incidents.

In all 12 persons were arrested in Hyderabad and other parts of the state in connection with the sporadic violence that broke out after the Srikrishna Committee report was made public.

The SMSes doing rounds in bulk claimed that police yesterday opened fire on students, and several of them were injured.


First Published: Friday, January 07, 2011, 19:45

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