Situation peaceful in Osmania campus, Andhra tells SC
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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the hotbed of the separate Telangana statehood agitation, was under control and additional paramilitary forces were withdrawn.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.


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

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