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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Hyderabad under T siege-20,000 Cops Deployed In City To Foil OU Students Rally To Assembly

 Claiming that it apprehends violence in the state capital in view of the proposed march of Osmania University students to the state Assembly on Saturday,the state government has virtually cordoned off the heart of the city where the Assembly is situated. The state budget is slated to be presented in the House in the afternoon. By deploying over 20,000 police personnel,the state has virtually declared a curfew from 5 am to 6 pm on Saturday and effected massive traffic diversions.It is clearly an indication of a nervous government overreacting to the plans of the Telangana agitators who have threatened to march to the Assembly.Normal life is certain to be disrupted due to the curbs and traffic restrictions and hundreds of innocent civilians put to immense hardships, one official said.

The OU students JAC on Friday night vowed to take out a rally from Tarnaka campus to the Assembly at around 8 am. They also threatened to take out rallies in smaller groups from various undisclosed locat-ions. Anticipating trouble,several educational institutions are likely to stay closed. By Friday night, heavy police deployments and barricades were in place around OU campus and various strategic locat-ions in the city including all around the Assembly.Hyderabad police commissioner A K Khan said prohibitory orders banning assembly of more than five persons is in place throughout the city on Saturday. Students and others from Hyderabad and other districts are cautioned not to reach or congregate in the city in view of the anticipated law and order problems.Those who violate the law will be arrested and we are also on the lookout for those who might cause trouble, the commissioner  said.The OU students,however,claimed that scores of students from districts already reached the city.Apart from students from the main campus,those from Nizam College and other affiliated colleges will also converge on the Assembly,the students claimed. AK Khan conceded that the massive bandobust will disrupt normal life.It will be difficult for common man but budget presentation is very important and it is the duty of the police to facilitate smooth functioning of this process.So,we are left with no option but to impose these restrictions, he said.
SC stays HC order,allows forces in OU with a rider

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday stayed till February 23 an order of the A P High Court that directed the state government to move out the paramilitary forces stationed on Osmania University campus in Hyderabad. A two-judge Bench of the apex court comprising Justice G S Singhvi and Justice T S Thakur made this interim order while hearing an appeal filed by the A P government.The state argued for a stay of the HC order on the grounds that Maoists had infiltrated the Osmania University students movement,and that they apprehended violence in Hyderabad on Saturday in view of the OU students plan to lay siege to the state Assembly on the budget day.However,Prashant Bhushan,counsel for the students,strongly protested the states claim that there was Maoists presence on OU campus.

The Bench, however, made it clear that all paramilitary forces at OU should function under the direct supervision of the state home secretary and that none of the members of the forces should abuse his authority and misbehave with students on the campus.The Bench also made it mandatory for the home secretary to review the deployment of forces every day.
Cong snaps ties with JAC,to form own T panel

Hyderabad: The Congress on Friday decided to dissociate itself from the political joint action committee (JAC) on Telangana and announced that it would form its own committee to carry forward the agitation to achieve a separate state. According to party leader K Jana Reddy,henceforth the Congress would not be involved with any agitational programmes taken up by the political JAC.Reacting to it,JAC convener M Kodandaram said that the JAC would continue with its agitational programmes even if the Congress does not participate.If Congress wants to be out of JAC,there is no problem.JAC consists of several political parties and T organisations, he said.The JAC would continue to demand that the Congress legislators resign from assembly and will hold dharnas in front of their houses till February 28 and if they still refuse to resign,the JAC will impose social boycott against them, he added.

T-Congress leaders have been under pressure from the Congress high command to dissociate themselves from the JAC as Kodandaram is alleged to be proxy to Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS). Taking strong objection to the attacks against several Congress ministers and MLA,party leaders felt that resignation was no solution to the Telangana problem and resolved to take up a campaign that Congress alone would create a Telangana state.The meeting of party MLAs,MPs ministers urged the students of Osmania University to call off their programme of laying siege to the assembly on Saturday.Students should not take steps that would spoil their academic life.Academic year should be saved at any cost, Jana Reddy said.Similarly,they urged the party to take disciplinary action against Vijayawada MP L Rajagopal for his provocative statements on Telangana.

Meanwhile,MLAs R Damodar Reddy and Ch Mutyam Reddy (Congress) and one PRP MLA Maheswar Reddy,after meeting the political advisor to Sonia Gandhi,Ahmed Patel in Delhi said that they were satisfied by the assurance given by the senior Congress leaders.They said they were now confident that the Srikrishna committee would examine Telangana issue and a separate state would become a reality and that there was no need for anyone to resign either from the legislature or Parliament.
Twin home secretaries land state in dilemma

Hyderabad: The Supreme Court directive on Friday asking paramilitary forces at Osmania University to function under the direct supervision of state home secretary plunged the government into a dilemma as there are two home secretaries in AP. While IAS officer Ajay Mishra is in-charge of law and order,IPS officer P Goutham Kumar is in-charge of police affairs.We still have to decide as to who will be made responsible to execute the SC directive, a GAD official said. In the apex court,the state further contended that AP HC single Bench judge Justice L Narsimha Reddy ordered the withdrawal of forces from OU campus without even giving them any time and that when it appealed to the division Bench,the latter upheld the judges order.

When the SC Bench asked for a copy of the HC division Bench order,the state said it had not been able to procure one so far.The apex court then requested the HC Bench to make available a copy of its OU order by Feb.23,the next date of hearing. Both the single-judge Bench and division Bench of the AP HC had pulled up the police for the excessive action on OU campus in which students including girls were lathicharged and assaulted.The media too was targeted by the rampaging policemen and the state had to order an inquiry after the police action invited widespread criticism.

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