Telangana row: CID begins probe into attack on TDP leaders
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Last Updated: Friday, December 25, 2009, 22:14
Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh CID on Friday began an inquiry into the attack on TDP politburo member Nagam Janardhan Reddy and other party leaders by students and pro-Telangana activists at the Osmania University campus here.

"We have taken up the investigations into the incident. Some teams have visited the OU campus today. The probe has just started and more details can be known only in next couple of days," CID Additional DGP A Sivanarayana said.

Based on a complaint filed by Ram Goverdhan, security guard of Nagam, the Osmania University Police have registered a criminal case against the attackers.

The CID official declined to comment on a query, if some outsiders were also involved in the attack.

Taking a serious view of the attack, the state government had ordered a CID inquiry into the incident late last night.

A local TV channel showed one person identified as Srikanth Raju, repeatedly hitting the TDP leader and later offering apology for his misbehaviour.

Nagam was manhandled and roughed up while another TDP leader and former Home minister Devender Goud was chased and pushed by agitators when they visited the varsity campus yesterday to express solidarity with them on the issue of Telangana statehood.

70 trains cancelled in Andhra

The Railways is cancelling 70 passenger/short distance express trains and MMTS (a local service) tomorrow due to large-scale damage to tracks, signalling equipment and other installations during the bandh in Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh.

"The large-scale damage to tracks, vital signalling equipment and other installations during yesterday's bandh in Telangana has resulted in disruption of services and hence 70 trains have been cancelled for tomorrow," a South Central Railways (SCR) official said here today.

The Multi-Modal Transport System (MMTS) trains between Secunderabad and Falaknuma here apart from passenger/short distance express trains plying under Secunderabad-Kazipet, Kazipet-Dornakal, Kazipet-Ballarshah, Secunderabad-Mudkhed and Secunderabad-Mahabubnagar sections will not be operated.

"It has been decided not to run these trains as a precautionary measure. Damage to a single signalling panel causes a loss of more than Rs one crore. We cannot afford to suffer such losses. Besides, repair works are underway," SCR Chief Public Relations Officer Chandrima Roy said.


First Published: Friday, December 25, 2009, 22:14

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