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Telangana JAC leaders call on Chief Minister K. Rosaiah at his residence

‘Police arrested 3,600 in Telangana, while they arrested 1,527 in Coastal Andhra, Rayalaseema’

Chief Minister promises to look into the cases at Tuesday’s review meeting

HYDERABAD: The all-party Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) has said it will run messes on university campuses in Telangana if the State Government did not reopen campus hostels which have been closed down in view of the ongoing agitation.

The decision was announced to media by JAC leaders after meeting Chief Minister K. Rosaiah at his residence on Monday night.

Five-party delegation

The delegation of MLAs representing five parties – Congress, Telugu Desam, Telangana Rashtra Samiti, BJP and Praja Rajyam – conveyed to Mr. Rosaiah the JAC’s decision to fully back the agitation by students on campuses in support of separate Telangana.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, Congress MLA R. Damodar Reddy said Mr. Rosaiah promised to consider reopening of hostels after reviewing the agitation with officials on Tuesday.

Offer to government

He said the JAC offered to help the Government in ensuring that the situation was peaceful on the campuses as long as the students continued the agitation.

If required, the one hundred MLAs representing the five parties would sleep with the students every day on the campuses.

Mr. Reddy said the delegation brought to the notice of the Chief Minister the partisan manner in which the police booked cases against pro-Telangana agitators. While police arrested 3,600 persons in connection with cases in Telangana, they picked up only 1,527 others during the rival agitation in coastal and Rayalaseema districts earlier.

Mr. Rosaiah promised to look into the cases at tomorrow’s review meeting, Mr. Reddy added.

‘Lift cases’

Meanwhile, a separate delegation of (CPI) M comprising its lone MLA J. Ranga Reddy and State committee member Y. Venkateswarlu also called on Mr. Rosaiah seeking stoppage of police repression against people participating in the agitation in Telangana.

They also sought lifting of police cases.