Hyderabad: The Chief Minister, Mr N Kiran Kumar Reddy, on Friday said that a criminal case would be filed against the leaders who were found responsible for destruction of the statutes on Tank Bund on Thursday during the Million March. Stating that the statues would be reinstalled at the earliest, he assured that his government would take all steps to maintain peace in the Capital city.
Replying to the points raised by the Opposition on the Home Minister’s statement on the incidents took place in connection with Million March, the Chief Minister said there was no question of sparing any one who were responsible for desecration of the statutes on the Tank Bund.
The government had Intelligence inputs that the agitators might resort to vandalism during the Million March, he said. Defending the police, the Chief Minister said that the police made all efforts for protection of the statues. He also admitted that there was a mistake in the assessment of the police on the gathering. The police force remained scattered for security arrangements for Intermediate and CBSE examinations and preventive measures for the March, he added.
Mr Reddy felt that the government had succeeded in minimizing the gathering to 10,000 from 10 lakhs aimed by the Telangana groups. As a precautionary measure, preventive arrests were made by the police and buses and trains were cancelled on March 10, he reminded.
“I think all the agitators might not have thought of damaging the statutes. But, some of them resorted to vandalism in a pre-meditated manner”, he suspected. For the last few months, some leaders were provoking the people for destruction of the statutes and inculcated hatred among the people of two regions. Criminal cases would be booked against such leaders, he added.
The Chief Minister said that the police had acted cautiously as it was a sensitive issue and to avoid any loss of life in the incident. Some activists started felling the statutes between 3.30 pm and 3.40 pm. The police lobbed tear gas shells at 4.30 pm to disperse the violent mob. The police arrested 66 persons in connection with the vandalism on Tank Bund, he informed.
Mr Reddy said that the Union Home Minister, Mr P Chidambaram, would hold a meeting with eight recognized political parties after conclusion of the Assembly session to seek their opinion on the Justice Srikrishna Committee report. The State government would stick to the decision of the Centre in the matter, he clarified.
COPS DISPLAYED RESTRAINT: HM
The Home Minister, Ms Sabitha Indra Reddy, made it clear that there was no failure on the part of police or Intelligence over the incidents took place at Tank Bund. She also rejected the allegation of the Opposition that the police took the Congress MPs, Dr K Keshav Rao and Mr Madhu Yashi Goud, to Tank Bund with adequate security. The police tried to stop the TRS Chief, Mr K Chandrasekhara Rao, but the huge crowd of Telangana agitators resisted them, she added.
“We are all responsible to the incident taken place in connection with Million March. The politicians, employees, lawyers, doctors and students from the region announced support to Million March, which was announced by Telangana JAC Chairman, Prof. M. Kodandaram”, the Home Minister felt. She reminded that all the people came to join the Million March were our children, not terrorists from outside. We should think what might have happened, had the police opened fire,” she added. (NSS)