Telangana stir: Security increased across Andhra

Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Wednesday directed police authorities to increase security cover to those attending work.

Updated: Sep 28, 2011, 18:46 PM IST

Hyderabad: With Telangana protagonists
stepping up their agitation for a separate state and even
resorting to physical attacks on employees from Andhra
Rayalaseema regions working here, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar
Reddy on Wednesday directed police authorities to increase security
cover to those attending work without taking part in the
ongoing indefinite strike.
At a high-level review meeting on the law and order
situation in the wake of the general strike and other
agitations here today, the Chief Minister directed the police
to ensure proper security to government and private properties
in Hyderabad and other parts of Telangana.

Chief Secretary S V Prasad, Director General of Police
V Dinesh Reddy, Additional DGP (Intelligence) M Mahender
Reddy, Hyderabad Police Commissioner A K Khan and other senior
officials attended the meeting.

Additional security forces should be deployed at all
important government offices and vulnerable places including
Singareni Collieries coal mines, the Chief Minister said.

Heads of government departments in the state capital
and other Telangana districts have been asked to engage
private drivers, data-entry operators and private security
personnel to ensure smooth functioning of offices, a press
release from the Chief Minister’s Office said.
Meanwhile, state Chief Secretary S V Prasad issued
orders reviving the Industry Security Task Force, headed by
Additional Director General of Police T Krishna Prasad as the
nodal officer, "for the protection and security of industry in
general and IT industry in particular and for according the
requisite comfort to the industrial sector in the state."

The Task Force was first constituted in March 2010 when
the Telangana statehood agitation reached a peak. It
subsequently remained rather dormant with the agitation
slowing down.

With a fresh upsurge in the statehood struggle in
Telangana over the last 20 days, the government decided to
re-activate the task force and perform its assigned task.

The Chief Secretary, in his orders today, said, "the
nodal officer of Industry Security Task Force shall continue
to coordinate with all the agencies, government departments,
organizations and industry members by making every effort to
accord the requisite protection and comfort to the industrial
sector in the state for conducting their smooth and
hassle-free day-to-day operations."

PTI