Hyderabad, February 5: Terming the Srikrishna Committee report as a “bogus” one, since it did not reveal one of its chapters that deals with the “state of law and order and the Naxal scourge” in case Telangana State is formed, the Telangana Development Forum has demanded that the concealed chapter should be made public.
Speaking to the media here on Friday, the former parliament member from Nizamabad, Mr M Narayana Reddy lashed out at the five member Justice B N Srikrishna Committee by stating that the procedure followed by it was illegal. He said that of the nine chapters, the eighth chapter has dealt with “law and order situation and the menace of Naxalism” in the event of forming a separate Telangana State. He quoted the committee as stating that according to the apprehensions expressed by various stakeholders during its interactions with them “the state of law and order would be in peril and the menace of naxalism would be rampant in a separate Telangana State”.
Mr Narayana Reddy said that barring the eighth chapter, the committee has made the remaining report public and submitted the eighth chapter to the Union Home Minister, Mr P Chidambaram. Terming it as illegal, he demanded that the contents of that chapter should be made public, since the report sans it would be invalid. He also said that they have filed a writ petition in the High Court on this and hearing in this connection would be held on 9 of this month.
Referring to the recent remarks made by the Prime Minister, Mr Manmohan Singh that “there was no Naxal menace in the Telangana region as of now”, he said that this itself was implying that there was no co-ordination between the Committee and the government. He also alleged that the Union Government had forced the committee to give such a report to relieve itself of the commitment it made on December 9, 2009. Stating that there was a burning desire among the people for a separate Telangana State, he warned that the Egypt like situation would prevail in the region, if the demand for the Telangana State was not conceded.
The convenor, Mr D P Reddy and the director, Centre for Public Policy, Dr Gautam Pingle, were also present. (NSS)