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Telangana: Police unleash reign of terror

Posted by Admin on December 9, 2009

P Hareesh, First Published : 08 Dec 2009 02:33:00 AM IST

HYDERABAD: After lying low for a week, police on Monday took the Osmania University campus under control and unleashed a reign of terror at the nearby Manikeshwar Nagar, without it seems, a reasonable provocation.Not just ordinary police but Greyhounds, the elite anti-Naxal force, the Central Reserve Police Force and the Rapid Action Force, marched into Manikeshwar Nagar and caned all those who had the misfortune to be in their sight.They barged into houses and thrashed not only students but also the elderly, women and even children. They did not spare the media either.Manikeshwar Nagar, adjacent to the OU campus, is home to many OU students.At one point of time, East Zone DCP Stephen Ravindra disregarded a direct order from no less a person than Home Minister Sabita Indra Reddy prompting the latter to offer her resignation.The khaki terror began early around 2 a.m. The city police assisted by the special forces sealed the OU campus and began searching hostels for members of the OU students’ Joint Action Committee (JAC).

However, the JAC members went underground.The police forces then tried to uproot a tent in front of the Arts College where the students had been staging protests for the past few days. Nonetheless, despite their heavy bandobust, about 200 students managed to converge at the Arts College and stage a silent protest.Meanwhile, those students who were residing in the nearby Manikeshwar Nagar tried to enter the campus.The police prevented them inviting their wrath. The irate students chased away the police till the OU police station.Thus began a bloody confrontation that ended in the police shedding every bit of their inhibitions.

The policemen regrouped and launched an all-out assault on the students.Not content with driving them back into the locality, they entered Manikeshwar Nagar themselves and caned everybody.Taken aback by the sudden attack, the local residents too joined the students and fought a pitched battle with the police.Everytime, the locals gathered, the police chased them into the bylanes and beat them up leaving several injured.‘‘I was sitting in front of my house when I was beaten for no fault of mine,’’ a profusely bleeding local, Venkatesh, said.Mediamen were abused and beaten up by the police.

Several mediamen suffered injuries and one reporter of a private television channel had to be shifted to a hospital. The journalists later staged a demonstration at the OU police station.BJP State president Bandaru Dattatreya and other leaders, who tried to pacify the police, had to leave the place. So adamant were the cops. Leaders and representatives of civil society, who tried to enter the campus, were arrested.The police softened only after a team of the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) visited the OU campus and Manikeshar Nagar. The panel directed the cops not to enter Manikeshwar Nagar without provocation. By evening, the police withdrew from the OU campus. Express Buzz


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