Police to act tough against protesters
The intelligence sleuths cautioned the railway police over penetration of anti-social elements into ‘Samaikyandhra’ movement who are planning destruction on the pretext of protests, said the railway police. The police appealed to the students not to agitate in railway stations and on tracks and face cases.
In a joint press conference organised here on Friday, Government Railway Police (GRP), Vijayawada division Superintendent of Police Ch. Syam Prasad Rao and Railway Protection Force (RPF) Senior Divisional Security Commissioner Ramesh Chandra said the police would act tough against those who disrupt train services and cause any damage to railway properties.
“In wake of the ‘rail roko’ call given by the agitators on August 11, the RPF, GRP, Civil and Central Reserve Protection Force (CRPF) with the coordination of South Central Railway (SCR) authorities have made foolproof security arrangements in all stations. Cases would be booked under the Indian Railway Act and IPC Sections against the trespassers,” said Mr. Syam Prasad.
In addition to the 1,000 RPF personnel in the division, one company of Railway Protection Special Force (RPSF) would be deployed for duties. Fifteen sensitive areas have been identified from Ichhapuram in Srikakulam district to Tada in Nellore district, said Mr. Ramesh Chandra.
Assistant Security Commissioner M. Sambasiva Rao said cases would be registered against the trespassers under Section 147 (for trespass), 154 (damage and destruction) and 174 (for organising rail rokos and disrupting trains) under the Indian Railway Act, under which the accused may get jail term up to 10 years, said Mr. Rao.
A special train with armed forces would patrol the tracks. Escort would be provided with two police parties in the first and last bogies. Besides, one Striking, Standing and Quick Reaction Team (QRT) would be attached to the Station Masters in all major railway stations, said the GRP SP.
Railway Deputy Superintendent of Police S. Rajashekara Rao and others were also present.
Meanwhile thousands of Rajasthani and Gujarati families who have made Vijayawada their home and most of them speckle the bustling One Town area. Pained and anguished by the UPA Government’s decision to disintegrate the State of Andhra Pradesh, they decided to hit the road to register their protest against the move. Amid a slew of protest the city has been witnessing in the last several weeks, a protest rally taken out by members of The Vijayawada Rajasthani and Gujarati Samaj on Friday had a distinct impact.
Expressing solidarity with the various organisations and groups agitating in support of their demand for a united Andhra Pradesh, a large number of Rajasthanis and Gujaratis participated in a rally which started at the bustling Samarangam Chowk in One Town area. Local MLAs Vellampalli Srinivas and Malladi Vishnu and Samaikhyandhra Students Joint Action Committee State president Devineni Avinash were present when the rally was flagged off after garlanding a statue of Potti Sriramulu.
The rally was led by the convener of the Samaj Sanjay Jain and co-conveners Ramesh Solanki and Suresh Jain. The procession passed through Kandulavari Street, Pulipativari Street, Ramagopal Street, Sivalayam Street, Canal Road and Krishna Barrage before culminating at Kaleswararao Market.
Mr. Sanjay Jain said the Samaj members would submit a memorandum to the Collector on Saturday reiterating the demand to keep the State united. “We are the third and fourth generations of Rajasthani and Gujarati migrants who settled in Vijayawada. This city is our home now. We understand the pain of being in a situation where one is uprooted from a place which has been a home for ages,” he said.