Gives full account of agitations on Telangana issue to new Governor
HYDERABAD: Chief Minister K. Rosaiah expressed his hope to the new Governor E. S. L. Narasimhan his hope that normality would return in the State soon. At a meeting to brief the Governor on the law and order situation, Mr. Rosaiah along with Director General of Police R.R. Girish Kumar and other senior officials, is said to have given a detailed account of the agitations by political parties and various organisations on the issue of separate Telangana, but asserted that the situation was under control.
He is reported to have told the Governor that it was the Centre, which had to take a decision on demands for the formation of Telangana and against it. Police protection had been provided to all important public offices and vital installations not only in Telangana but in Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema as well. Mr Rosaiah said properties worth Rs 15 crore had been damaged by the agitators all over the State till now while the APSRTC suffered a heavy loss as its fleet was targeted every where. Over 5,000 persons had been arrested in all the regions in connection with agitations and some of them remanded to judicial custody.
The Chief Minister made particular mention of how the police force was exercising utmost restraint in dealing with agitators, especially students in Osamnia and Kakatiya universities, and adhering to the directions of the High Court and the State Human Rights Commission.