Hyderabad: Describing the Million March in Hyderabad as a super success, the Political JAC convener, Prof. Kodandaram, said that the Telangana agitators had created a history by successfully holding the Million March.
Stating that thousands of people were arrested though they had not indulged in any violent activity, Prof. Kodandaram has warned the government that Telangana could not be stopped by such repressive measures.
Asked about the attacks on some leaders, including the Congress MPs, Dr K Keshav Rao and Mr Madhu Yashki Goud, he said the attacks occurred only because of the harassment of the agitators by the police. He said peaceful agitators were arrested in every town, village and basti. Naturally, the people were annoyed by the repressive measures and had expressed their anger, he contended. He has, however, expressed sorry that such attacks had occurred. He appealed to the people to observe restraint and not resort to such violent acts.
POLICE IN MUFTI COULD HAVE DAMAGED STATUES
When asked about agitators damaging the statues of social reformer Kandukuri Veeresalingam and others, Prof. Kodandaram has alleged that police in mufti could have damaged the statues. He also said that the people were angry that the statues of Telangana leaders were not erected on the Tank Bund. He regretted that the statues of great people were defaced. He said whatever be the reason, such acts could not be supported. It is neither the aim nor the nature of the Telangana agitation to insult such history creators, he asserted.
Reiterating that police harassment was responsible for people losing their temper, he said the government and the Chief Minister, Mr N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, should take the entire responsibility for what happened during the Million March.
When asked about the attacks on the media, he said he was not aware of it and would enquire into these complaints. He said if media was attacked, it was wrong. He also alleged that police in mufti could be responsible for these attacks. He said that police have been indulging in such activities to send wrong signals to the people and water down the Telangana agitation. (NSS)