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Sabitha Indra Reddy denies being partial in handling students’ agitations in different regions

Home Minister objects to charge levelled against her by Telugu Desam MLAs

‘OU students dealt with softly; protests in other regions handled differently’

HYDERABAD: P. Sabitha Indra Reddy has objected to the charge levelled against her by Telugu Desam legislators that she was acting as Home Minister of Telangana region and trying to suppress the students’ agitation in universities in Andhra and Rayalaseema regions.

She said she was Home Minister for the entire State and not merely for Telangana and, as such, none must misinterpret the steps taken by her as they were aimed at overall maintenance of law and order in the entire State. The TDP had alleged that she was soft in dealing with the students of Osmania University, but acting differently in respect of students in Andhra and Rayalaseema regions.

Speaking to reporters here on Wednesday after Chief Minister K. Rosaiah reviewed the situation at a meeting attended by Director General of Police R.R. Girish Kumar and others, Ms. Sabitha denied having given a different treatment to students of non-Telangana regions.

She said the police would not intervene as long as students organised agitations peacefully without damaging properties, public and private. She asked the police to exercise utmost restraint while dealing with agitators, especially students. At the same time, she appealed to students to be patient till a decision was taken by the Centre and extend cooperation for maintenance of law and order. She indicated that IG of Police Charu Sinha would remain in Anantapur.

Meanwhile, IG of Police A.R. Anuradha, who is the police spokesperson, said protests, dharnas and relay fasts were “all peaceful” on Wednesday except for some stray incidents. There were rail rokos at Vijayawada, Tadepalligudem, Vinukonda, Pullampet, Kondapuram, Nandalur and Kalamala and road blockades at 49 other places.

She said the situation, by and large, was peaceful. Agitators damaged the Doordarshan reception centre at Nandyal, a mandal resource centre at Rajampet and the office of the Praja Rajyam at Kamareddy.

27 persons held

She said Ms Nannapaneni Rajakumari and Kalava Srinivas, both Telugu Desam leaders, were among the 27 persons arrested on Wednesday in the State.

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