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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Troubled CM takes shelter under vaastu

Rosaiah To Move Into Camp Office Before Ugadi After Carrying Out Alterations

Hyderabad: K Rosaiah is now seeking divine help to help him stay in the chief ministers chair and, more importantly, make himself heard. Besieged by the Telangana agitation, ministers and Congress MLAs who do not respect him and bureaucrats who do not listen to him, Rosaiah has sought the help of Hindu pundits to stave off the trouble. Their advice: Make changes to the CMs Camp Office at Begumpet and move in before Ugadi. Your fortunes will improve. As per their celestial guidance, Rosaiah is all set to move into the Camp Office on March 16, the day when Telugus all over the world usher in the New Year. The chief minister will move into the official residence at the back of the Camp Office along with his family from his present Dharam Karan Road residence, a GAD official told TOI.

However, a few purohits on behalf of Rosaiah visited the Camp Office in January this year and suggested that some major changes are necessary before the CM moves in. Rosaiah garu is a keen believer of vaastu. As per the advice of the purohits , we have been directed to make the changes on a top priority basis within the next three weeks, the GAD official said. The job of carrying out the structural changes has been entrusted to the Central Building Division (CAD) of the roads and buildings department. As per the advice of the purohits, the security tower at the southeast corner will be taken out of the main boundary wall and a separate entry constructed for it. The Camp Office portico will be extended towards the south direction. The entry gate between the Camp Office and the residence will be closed. One small room, in the shape of a diamond, will be constructed at the southeast corner of the office. Similarly , another small room will be constructed at the southeast corner of the building, an R&B department official told TOI. Among the other changes that are to be carried out, the size of the public meeting shed will be reduced and a capsule lift provided adjacent to the left side staircase in the Camp Office just before the photocopying room. And lastly , the rear-side portico of the Camp Office is to be demolished. We hope that Rosaiahs luck changes for the better after these modifications are carried out and he moves in before Ugadi, the official said.

The CMs Camp Office-cum-official residence was constructed in 2004 at a cost of Rs 5.3 crore and is spread over four acres. After the death of Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, his son and Kadapa MP Jaganmohan Reddy and widow Vijayalakshmi moved into his sister Sharmilas residence on Road No 2, Banjara Hills, on December 29 and the Camp Office has been lying vacant since then.
Rift in T-front : IT minister takes on Kodandaram

Hyderabad: Information Technology minister Komatireddy Venkat Reddy cautioned political joint action committee convenor M Kodandaram to refrain from making provocative statements . Interacting with reporters in the assembly lobbies on Wednesday, the IT minister asked the JAC convenor to stop behaving like a Hitler. Who is he to decide on what ministers should do Let him not be under the impression that he can make provocative statements and get away with it as we are showing maximum restraint We are part of the government and never associated with the political JAC, he said.

The minister said he had been receiving complaints from his party workers that political parties like the TRS and BJP were sending college students to deliberately indulge in vandalism and attack the houses of ministers and C o n g re s s MLAs. Will Kodandaram and the BJP take responsibility for the safety of ABVP students who are attacking public representatives, in case of a retaliation from our party cadre. Our cadre strength is in lakhs, he said.
On the run: 2 OU students injured - Bid To Escape From Police Net Proves Costly For Osmania Varsity Students

Hyderabad: Two Osmania University (OU) students suffered injuries while trying to flee on seeing police on the campus on Wednesday. On a tip-off that OU Joint Action Committee was holding a meeting at Faculty Club on the campus, seven policemen, including Task Force personnel, landed at the venue to effect some arrests with regard to incidents of February 14 and 15. The two studentsRamesh and Sharath, both inmates of E-Hosteltried to flee from the spot and in the process suffered injuries.
Ramesh suffered a head injury and Sarath sprained his left shoulder while trying to fleed from the terrace of the Faculty Club. Both were taken to Gandhi Hospital where their condition was said to be stable.

Meanwhile, police picked up five OU-JAC membersRaja Ram Yadav, Srikanth Rao, Daruvu Yellanna , Sudhakar and Velukula Kumarwho were present at the meeting. However, after questioning them, Srikanth Rao and Raja Ram Yadav were arrested. There were 10 other students at the meeting when the arrests took place. Civil police went to the campus to arrest the accused and immediately returned after apprehending five students. It is not a violation of the High Courts order, DCP (East Zone) Mahesh Chandra Ladda said. The arrests triggered a fresh wave of protests. Students staged a sit-in before the OU police station demanding the release of JAC activists.

Over 50 students gathered before the OU police station shouting slogans against police. The students said JAC leaders should not have been arrested as it was police and paramilitary forces which unleashed terror on the campus. The DCP said cases were registered against over 100 students for initiating violence on February 14 and 15 based on evidence gathered by police. Eight cases were booked against the students under sections 147 (Rioting), 148 (Rioting armed with deadly weapons), 149 (Unlawful assembly), 307 (An attempt to murder), 326 (Voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means), 327 (Causing hurt by an act which endangers human life), 353 (Attack on a public servant) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act.
Police also booked three cases against police personnel for attacking media personnel and damaging their property under Sections 324 (Voluntarily causing hurt with dangerous weapons), 427 (Mischief and thereby causing damage to property) and 435 (Mischief by fire) of the IPC. Many students expressed shock over police registering cases against them. Police have foisted false cases on us. They burnt our vehicles and pelted stones on us. Why should we get arrested, a JAC member asked. He said his bike was damaged beyond repair by police personnel.

Another OU student, who is recuperating at Durgabai Deshmukh Hospital, said he was not stepping out of the hospital fearing arrest. How can I go to a police station and lodge a complaint when I know that policemen are waiting outside to arrest me the moment I step out he asked. Meanwhile, a seven-member CID team headed by SP N Balaji Rao visited the campus and recorded statements of media personnel who either suffered or witnessed police violence.

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