Row over DGP’s comments

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Says Maoists will have more influence in smaller States

PCC chief says DGP’s comments inappropriate at current juncture

TDP leaders believe comments could create a scare among people

HYDERABAD: Director General of Police R. R. Girish Kumar’s comment that Maoists would most likely have advantage in smaller States has touched off a row with political parties in the State finding fault with him.

Speaking to mediapersons in New Delhi on Tuesday, Mr. Kumar is reported to have also said that it would be difficult for the police to contain Maoist activities in relatively smaller States as they would have lesser resources in times of need.

Clarifies position

Political parties charged the Director General of Police with overstepping his brief but Mr. Girish Kumar clarified on Wednesday that his views were expressed in response to a specific query with regard to the scope of Maoist influence in smaller States.

These views “should not be misconstrued as indicative of my stand as the Director General of Police on the ongoing agitation being witnessed in different regions of the State.”

“As I made it abundantly clear in the past, the police force is apolitical in its views on any agitation. I affirm that the State police force would discharge its duties with due regard to the concern of people of the State, strictly in conformity with the provisions of the Constitution and rule of law.”

DS objects

Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president D. Srinivas felt that the Director General of Police’s comments were not proper. “When smaller States like Punjab, Haryana and Gujarat can flourish what prevents creation of new States,” he asked.

‘Menace curbed’

“It is not good to make such remarks before the media when the atmosphere in the State is not good,” he added.

He noted that the naxal menace in the State was curbed to a large extent and if the Director General of Police had specific information on the Maoist movement, he could have passed it on to the Chief Minister or the Home Minister for follow-up action.

Telugu Desam Party leaders Nagam Janardhan Reddy and S. Venugopala Chary said the Director General of Police had committed a mistake by commenting on the naxals issue much like a political leader.

The Director General of Police should know that there were 19 States smaller than the Telangana region. His comments could create an unnecessary scare among people.

Apology sought

Former member of Parliment of the Telangana Rashtra Samiti B. Vinod Kumar demanded that the State government initiate legal action against the Director General of Police for his provocative remarks hurting the sentiments of the people.

The former MP demanded that the Director General of Police tender an apology to the people of the Telangana region for his comments.



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