Telangana report: AP police prepared to face any eventuality

The AP police has made necessary arrangement to maintain law and order in the state and is prepared to face possible protests in the aftermath of Justice Srikrishna Committee report submission on the Telangana issue.

Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh police has
made necessary arrangement to maintain law and order in the
state and is prepared to face possible protests in the
aftermath of Justice Srikrishna Committee report submission on
the Telangana issue, a top police official said on Thursday.

"Whatever may be the type of agitation or violence... we
have to be prepared. The preparedness comes from our
experience last year (during pro-Telangana and United Andhra
Pradesh protests)," State Director General of Police K Arvinda
Rao told reporters at the annual press meet-2010 here.

He said apart from personnel of AP Police Force, 50
companies of central para-military forces comprising CRPF, BSF
and CISF personnel have been deployed in all the three regions
of Andhra, Telangana and Rayalaseema of the state.

"We are concentrating on those areas where more number of
cases were reported. The degree of provocation and level of
violence are the indicators for the deployment of forces in
these regions including the state capital," Rao said.

The DGP further said they are sensitising paramilitary
forces on the (statehood) issue in Andhra Pradesh and, with
regard to usage of less lethal weapons and to maintain
restraint against protesters.

He said the police has already procured non-lethal
weapons and is in the process of purchasing more.

Reacting to a query on withdrawal of cases registered
against students involved in pro and anti-statehood agitation,
the officer said the complete process (on withdrawal) will
take about a month time considering the legal aspects.

The five-member Srikrishna Committee today submitted its
report on the separate Telangana state demand to Home Minister
P Chidambaram, who said government will consult all political
parties before taking an "appropriate" decision on the issue.

The two-volume report, prepared by the Committee after
extensive discussions with political parties and other
organisations in the state over the past 11 months, was
submitted a day before the Committee`s term was to expire.

PTI

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