Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Committee (APCLC) has demanded that the State government suspend the Hyderabad City Police Commissioner, Mr A.K. Khan, who was trying to suppress the separate Telangana agitation on the Osmania University campus in violation of the Supreme Court orders.
Speaking to mediapersons here on Tuesday, the APCLC vice-president, Mr D. Suresh Kumar, said the incidents that occurred on Monday in the city were nothing but a crackdown on democracy and democratic values. He said the MLAs, MPs and all those who supported the peaceful agitation of Osmania University students were arrested indiscriminately in the name of implementing Supreme Court orders and to protect law and order. He alleged that the police personnel violated law on the OU campus on Monday. Rule of law was completely ignored by the police themselves, he added.
The APCLC leader also criticized the police for arresting lawyers who were in a hotel far from the campus and the Congress MLAs and MP who were on the way to Osmania Campus. Contending that the agitating students on the Campus were neither criminals nor terrorists with fire arms assault weapons, he said the agitation for Telangana was a constitutional right of every agitator and its supporter, he added. He felt that the Telangana issue has to be resolved politically by the State and Union governments.
The APCLC joint secretary, Mr V. Raghunath, demanded that the State government withdraw the police forces in and around the Osmania University and the Telangana region. He also demanded that the Centre table a Bill for Telangana in the monsoon session of Parliament and hold talks with the all concerned.
The APCLC City unit president, Mr J. Lingam, urged the AICC general secretary, Mr Rahul Gandhi, to intervene and resolve the separate Telangana issue without further delay. The APCLC city general secretary, Mr N. Narayana Rao, was also present.