Hyderabad: The City Unit of the State Civil Liberties Committee has alleged that the State government used excessive police force to crush the movement of thousands of students and advocates whey they launched “Chalo Assembly” and “Chalo Raj Bhavan” rallies in a democratic manner on February 21. It also said that in spite of police repression, they not only succeeded in taking up their rallies, but also in bringing to notice of the Centre and State governments the need to bring in a legislation to create a separate Telangana State.
Speaking to the media here on Thursday, the executive member of the Civil Liberties Committee, Mr V Raghunath, said that in the wake of reports that even as the students were spearheading Telangana movement in a democratic manner, heavy police force has been deployed to ruthlessly crush them, he added. Both the Civil Liberties Committee and the Advocates JAC had constituted a fact finding committee on the incidents.
Mr Raghunath said that going by the revelations of the fact finding committee, heavy police force was deployed in and around the Osmania University, the hotbed of the Telangana movement. The police resorted to cane-charge, burst tear gas shells and fired rubber bullets without any provocation against the students, who were taking out peace rally on the campus. As a result, many students sustained injuries. He also said that as per the information given by the OU police, seven criminal cases were registered against 21 students in two days. He also said that some students told them that the State government had intentionally registered false cases against some students though they did not indulge in criminal activities because of the successful conduct of the “Chalo Assembly” rally.
Mr Raghunath said that the leaders of the Telangana Vidyarthi Vedika and other students were illegally arrested and detained in the Punjagutta police station. Though the doctors said that half of them were minors, the police shifted them to the Punjagutta Police Station, where they were abused and severely beaten up by the Circle Inspector. He also said that they came to know that a Magistrate had recorded their statements and physical injuries and sent them for medical examination.
Mr Raghunath said that it was found out by the fact-finding mission that with an intention to dilute the Telangana movement, the police lured some students and by using them they created differences among the students. It was also revealed that in the name of general students, the rooms of Osmania University student leaders were attacked.
Condemning the State government’s dual attitude, Mr Raghunath said while on one hand the government announced in the Assembly that it would lift all the cases against the students, but on the other, hand it resorted to illegal arrests and tortured the student leaders. He demanded that the State government immediately withdraw the huge number of police forces deployed in and around the Osmania University campus and create a conducive atmosphere where the students can conduct meetings and protest activities in a peaceful manner, if it has any respect for the Constitution and democracy.
He also demanded that disciplinary action should be taken against the Punjagutta CI and other police personnel who illegally detained and tortured the students.
Stating that nowhere in the world so far no movement was suppressed by the police force, he demanded that the Centre introduce a Bill in Parliament and carve out Telangana State immediately.
The Advocates, Ms Jyothi Kiran, Mr Vijay Kumar and Ms Rajitha and the City president, APCLC, Mr Jella Lingaiah, were also present. (NSS)