Says dealing with the present agitation is a ‘very difficult’ and ‘sensitive’ assignment
HYDERABAD: Director General of Police R.R. Girish Kumar has appealed to the political leaders not to indulge in character assassination or attach motives to police officers who are dealing with the ongoing agitation as it would de-motivate them.
He told a news conference here on Monday that the police had a “very difficult” and “sensitive” assignment on hand in dealing with the agitation, but expressed confidence that the force would deal with it firmly. Though the men and officers took care not to give scope for anyone to point an accusing finger at them by observing utmost restraint, some political leaders targeted them for acting in a partisan manner. “It de-motivates our officers, after all they are also human beings,” he remarked.
At the same time, Mr. Girish Kumar warned agitators not to take the police for granted as the force was capable of meeting any threat, no matter where it came from. He also said police officers of all ranks acted in an impartial manner conscious of the fact that they owed allegiance to rule of law and Constitution. The DGP said the fast-unto-death by MPs and MLAs was a particularly challenging and tough job for police as they had to regularly coordinate with doctors for update on their health condition and also deal with resistance by their supporters when they were to be finally shifted to hospital. The call of such duties put the police officers under great pressure. Nevertheless, the police saw off fast-unto-death by 21 MLAs, 4 MLCs and 1 MP in coastal and Rayalaseema districts.
Mr. Girish Kumar also said there was more violence in Telangana than in coastal Andhra -Rayalaseema but demonstrations, bandhs and rasta rokos were on the higher side in the latter region. The police have rounded up over 5,000 of the 13,300 persons involved in 1,087 cases.
A case booked in Nandigama police station against TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao after it was referred by a court on the ground that he gave provocative speeches was under scrutiny. The permission for ‘Vidyarthi Garjana’ on Osmania University campus on January 3 was being denied after considering its law and order implications, he added.