No cases filed against those indulging violence, rail rook stir

In the ongoing Samaikyandhra agitations to press for keeping the State united, the role of police is raising many doubts among the public. On many occasions, the police remained a mute spectator though the protestors resorted to arson and violence.

Victims find it difficult to digest the loss they sustained. With the government reportedly giving oral instructions to maintain restraint and go soft on the protestors, the police are remaining silent on the dharnas, rasta rokos, rallies, human chains and rail rokos. Public are criticising the police for not taking any measure to prevent vandalism and arson against the public and government property.

The Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Government Railway Police (GRP), who cautioned the agitators about slapping provisions of Indian Railway Act and IPC sections, if they violate law or trespass into the station and stop the trains, could not book any cases though the protestors stopped Simhadri and Janmabhoomi Express trains in Guntur and Tenali.

Protestors are facing the ire of the public, as they are not exempting emergency services like ambulances, milk and water tankers too when they obstruct the vehicular traffic. The aged passengers, patients and children sitting in the RTC buses, autos and other private vehicles are the worst affected during the road blockades.

“The agitators damaged the APSRTC buses in the presence of the police. We could not understand whether police force was meant to protect the public and government properties, or escorting the agitators. Such incidents prove that some police personnel are encouraging the agitators”, said a resident preferring anonymity.

Police said there were reports of anti-social elements entering into the movement and diluting the movement. Even the government had reportedly issued orders to the para-military forces directing them not to resort to lathi-charge. “Until the situation goes out of control, our hands are tied,” said a police officer.

“Following the directions of the government, we have not registered cases against the protestors who entered the railway stations. The agitations were videographed and identified the protestors who disrupted the trains. We can proceed only if the Government permits us”, said a police officer.

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