Situation peaceful in Osmania campus, Andhra tells SC

Last Updated: Friday, March 19, 2010 - 22:14

New Delhi: The Andhra Pradesh government
on Friday submitted in the Supreme Court its report claiming the
situation in the Osmania University, the hotbed of the
separate Telangana statehood agitation, was under control and
additional paramilitary forces were withdrawn.

The three-member panel, appointed by the apex court
comprising the state Home Secretary, City Police Commissioner
and the varsity Vice Chancellor, said the situation was under
control and examinations were conducted in a peaceful manner.
A bench of Justices G S Singhvi and Asok Kumar Ganguly,
which took on record the report submitted in a sealed cover,
asked the registry to furnish the copies to the respondent
student Anitha and others for their response.

Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for Anita and other
university students who challenged before the state High Court
the government`s decision to deploy paramilitary forces in the
campus had earlier alleged that over 3000 central paramilitary
personnel and the anti-Naxalite squad `Greyhounds` were
stationed there.

In response to the allegation, the court had sought an
explanation from the Andhra Pradesh government as to why it
had deployed the elite anti-Naxalite force to quell the
students` unrest.
It then constituted the three-member committee to review
the atmosphere in and around the campus on day-to-day basis.
The apex court while permitting the state to deploy civil
police at the campus said the committee would decide if and
when there was a need for deploying central paramilitary
forces.

The bench also wanted to know from the state whether the
anti-Naxalite squad `Greyhounds` had ever been deployed to
quell public rallies or meetings organised by various
political parties. It has now posted the matter for further
hearing to April 26.

PTI



First Published: Friday, March 19, 2010 - 22:14

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