Hyderabad, Feb. 22: The Telangana Political JAC chairman, Prof. M Kodandaram, who was arrested at Lalapet near Tarnaka on Tuesday, said that the State government’s intention to suppress the ongoing Telangana movement by mass arrests was unwise and provocative.
Talking to mediapersons at Kanchanbagh police station after his arrest, Prof. Kodandaram said that he was arrested without any provocation while he was standing on the road in Lalapet. When he immediately contacted the Director General of Police, Mr K Aravinda Rao, on telephone, the latter reportedly told him that he was taken into custody as a preventive measure. Demanding that the arrests of the Telangana protestors be stopped forthwith and release all those who have been arrested, the JCA convenor warned the government that they would intensify the agitation if it failed to concede their demand of tabling Telangana Bill in Parliament.
Making it clear that the Congress government cannot stop the bandh by mass arrests and repression, Prof. Kodandaram appealed to the people of the region to observe the bandh spontaneously and send a message to the Congress-led UPA government to concede separate State immediately by introducing Telangana Bill in Parliament in the current Budget session only. Stating that the JCA wanted to conduct the two-day bandh in a peaceful manner, Prof. Kodandaram lamented that the government took despotic decision to vitiate the bandh by mass arrests. He claimed that all sections of people in the region were wholeheartedly supporting the bandh.
The JCA convenor said that the people of the region had hoped that the Centre-sponsored Justice B N Srikrishna Committee would give a favourable decision on Telangana issue, but when their expectations went wrong, they were constrained to intensify the movement. He also said that the suspension of five Telangana legislators from the Assembly for a week pained him very much. (NSS)