Court pulls up police for Osmania University incidents

Hyderabad, Feb 18 (IANS) The Andhra Pradesh High Court Thursday once again pulled up state police for using force against students and journalists on the Osmania University campus last week and asked them why the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) should not be asked to probe the campus violence.

The court took serious note of the police baton charge and firing of teargas shells. Justice Narasimha Reddy sought reply to many questions from Joint Commissioner of Police P.S.R. Anjaneyulu, who appeared before him on his directions.

Reprimanding the officer for his handling of the situation, the judge wanted to know why the police had to resort to indiscriminate baton charge on students. He was also asked why girl students and journalists were beaten up brutally and what was he doing when his men were damaging vehicles of mediapersons. The police admitted that they set afire the vehicles of media persons.

Advocate General D.V. Sitarama Murthy informed the court that a detailed report on the incidents of Sunday evening and Monday morning on the campus would be submitted on March 1. Following his submission, the court adjourned the hearing of the case.

The judge also wanted to know from the joint commissioner of police how many policemen were deployed on the campus and who passed the orders for their deployment.

Scores of students and media persons were injured when police baton charged them on the campus during students’ protests over the demand for statehood to Telangana.

Dealing with a petition of a Telugu TV channel journalist who was injured in the police action, the judge Tuesday ordered the government to pull out all paramilitary forces, including Rapid Action Force (RAF), from the campus.

The government, however, went for an appeal against his order before a division bench, which dismissed it the next day.

All paramilitary forces have been removed from Osmania University, the nerve centre of ongoing Telangana agitation.

The same judge earlier remarked that the police were lawless and even the chief minister and his cabinet colleagues were helpless in controlling the actions of the state policemen.

Crime Investigation Department (CID) of the police is already probing the incidents. The State human rights commission is also conducting an inquiry.

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