Minister for Major Industries J. Geetha Reddy has strongly condemned the police attacks on the students of Nizam College hostel and constable Srinivas during the APNGOs meeting in Hyderabad.

In a brief chat with the media here on Sunday, the minister, along with her Civil Supplies counterpart D. Sridhar Babu, termed the police attacks as unfortunate. “Is it wrong to raise ‘Jai Telangana’ slogans at the meeting?, she questioned, maintaining that the APNGOs meeting was successful only because of the people of Telangana remained silent.

Answering to a query on the APNGOs’ plan to conduct a ‘Million March’ programme, Ms. Geeta Reddy said that there was no need for another meeting in Hyderabad. “What do they (APNGOs) want to prove? Such meetings aim at only to provoke Telangana people,” she said.

The minister further said that AICC president Sonia Gandhi and Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde were firm on the formation of separate Telangana State and they would never change their stand on the issue. To another query, she said that Telangana Congress leaders would take the developments that took place during the APNGOs meeting to the party high command.

staff reporter adds: Pro-Telangana organisations in Adilabad on Sunday also took strong exception to the assault on the students by policemen and on the constable, who raised ‘Jai Telangana’ slogans at the APNGOs meeting. They criticised Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and DGP Dinesh Reddy for taking the side of the APNGOs while discriminating against the Telangana supporters.

Telangana Non-Gazetted Officers Union, Adilabad district unit, president S. Ashok and general secretary K. Vanaja termed the beating up of students and the constable as a heinous act by the police.

]Meanwhile, Telangana United Teachers Federation took out a rally in the town, protesting the attacks.