Hyderabad: Making a statement in the Assembly today on Kakarapalle incident in Srikakulam district in which two persons were killed in police firing recently, the Home Minister, Ms P. Sabitha Indra Reddy, stated that around noon hundreds of agitators, armed with sticks, attacked the police personnel.
Despite repeated warnings by the police officials, the frenzied mob attacked the policemen forcing the latter to fire rubber bullets to disperse them, she said, adding that the situation was under control in Kakarapalle now.
Reacting to the Home Minister’s statement, the Telugu Desam party member, Mr Dhulipala Narendra, said that he was very much pained at the minister’s statement. Stating that in a democracy, the government should stand by the people, Mr Narendra said that the government rendered great injustice to the people by siding with the private parties and defending their actions against the poor people.
Stating that the government should own full responsibility for the death of two persons in the police firing, Mr Narendra questioned the government’s claim on development after letting loose police repression. He also demanded that the government disclose the names of the investors behind the Kakarapalle thermal power unit.
Later, the entire Opposition took the government to task for the Kakarapalle incident. The Telugu Desam party and the CPI-M demanded that the government immediately institute a judicial probe into the incident. The Lok Satta Party leader, Dr Jayaprakash Narayan, said what the district administration was doing when all this had happened. He also suggested to the government to constitute an autonomous body to deal with the process of land compensation.
The CPI-M leader, Mr Julakanti Ranga Reddy, questioned the use of rubber bullets by the police when they were taking precious lives of the people. Several other members also spoke on the subject and vent their ire and some suggested remedial measures.
Replying to the members, the Home Minister said there was need to give assurances to the investors for the sake of development of the State. Though the project had procured all sanctions from the government, only some people were opposing the project, she said, adding that it was not reasonable for some members to talk one thing inside the House and speak differently outside the House.
Later, the House was adjourned to meet on Monday. (NSS)