Hyderabad: The Opposition parties on Tuesday took serious exception to the statement made by the Home Minister, Ms Sabitha Indra Reddy, in the Assembly on the police firing at Kakarapalle. They have also demanded a judicial inquiry into the incident and Rs 10 lakh ex gratia to the families of the deceased.
Speaking at the Assembly media point after adjournment of the House, the TDP Chief, Mr Nara Chandrababu Naidu, demanded that the government should immediately order a judicial inquiry into Kakarapalle incident. The government should also pay Rs 10-lakh ex gratia to the families of the deceased in the police firing, he urged.
The CPI floor leader, Mr G Mallesh, said that the Home Minister has just read out the text which was prepared by the police officials. The statement of the Home Minister did not reflect misery of the people of Kakarapalle. He pointed out that the burning of 150 houses of people due to smoke bombs hurled by the police was not mentioned in the statement. He also accused the government of not giving scope for a discussion on the statement in the House.
The government was wantonly resorting to adjournment of the House after the Home Minister’s statement. Before that, a pre-planned drama was enacted by some members in the House to avoid a debate, he alleged. He also demanded a judicial inquiry into the Kakarapalle incident that claimed three lives. He demanded that the government pay Rs 10-lakh ex gratia to the families of those died and Rs one lakh to Rs 3 lakhs to the injured based on their condition, he added.
The CPI (M) member, Mr Julakanti Ranga Reddy, said that the government has adopted a well-planned match fixing to muzzle the voice of the Opposition members on Kakarapalle incident. Reminding that the House was adjourned due to disruption of the proceedings by a very few members, he questioned as to why the government did not cancel the permission granted to the thermal power plant even though lakhs of people were opposing it.
Claiming that the House was adjourned 50 times since commencement of budget session, he felt that it was a record in the history of the Assembly. He cautioned that Libya and Egypt-type revolt would erupt in the State if the government failed to mend its ways. He also demanded that the government conduct a comprehensive inquiry into Kakarapalle incident and pay Rs 10 lakh ex gratia to the families of the deceased in the police firing.
The BJP MLA, Mr G Kishen Reddy, felt that the statement of the Home Minister was just an eye-wash. The Home Minister should have told the House as to why such a huge number of police personnel went to the place. He asked the government whether the people did not have the right to express their protest and protect the environment. The Home Minister also did not explain in her statement how the houses were burnt to ashes in the villages. He demanded that the government order a judicial inquiry into the firing incident and bring the guilty police officials to book. The police camps should be immediately lifted in the area, he said, adding that the works of the thermal power plant should be stopped forthwith.
The Lok Satta party MLA, Dr Jayaprakash Narayan, said that the people were scared on setting up of thermal power plants in their areas with an apprehension that the weather and water bodies would get polluted. Due to lack of required pollution control measures, the Simhandri Thermal Power Station has badly affected the surrounding 40 villages and created a scare in the minds of the people towards thermal power stations. Some persons were setting up power plants with an intention to grab valuable lands in the guise of setting up plants and use them for real estate purpose, he alleged.
He also made it clear that the government, which has little interest to run the House, had no moral right to seek approval of Rs 1.25 lakh-crore budget in the Assembly. He called upon the youth to wake up and stop disastrous effects on natural resources by the government and the corporate companies. (NSS)