Telangana row: CID begins probe into attack on TDP leaders

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.

PTI



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

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