Samaikhyandhra Parirakshna Samiti (SAPS) has registered its protest against what it calls the highly discriminatory and biased attitude of the government with regard to the registration of cases only against their leaders for the ‘rail roko’ held in the district three years ago after the then Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram announced the Centre’s ‘controversial decision’ on Telangana issue
What came as an immediate provocation for the SAPS leaders is the police/government serving summons against about 30 Samaikhyandhra agitators which eventually forced them to appear before the Railway Court at Tirupati on Friday in connection with the ‘rail rokos’ held at Tirupati and Chittoor.
Among those who were served summons in this connection under section 197 and 174 of the Railway Act were M. Venkatramana, who was then the Tirupati MLA, B. Karunakar Reddy, the present MLA and an active Samaikhyandhra leader at that time, besides numerous other leaders like Koduru Balasubramanyam and N. Raja Reddy (President and Secretary of the SAPS), Jangalapalli Srinivasulu, presently the district TDP president, Saikam Jayachandra Reddy (District Praja Rajyam leader at that time).
The SAPS leaders have in a statement here questioned the motive and propriety behind the government registering cases against them and summoning them to the court, even as it ‘conveniently’ withdrew the cases registered against the T-JAC cadres for the large scale damages caused to the Central and State government properties, burning of government buses and vandalising of statues of legendary Telugu personalities erected along the Tank Bund at Hyderabad. The SAPS leaders also called upon the Minister of State for Railways, K. Suryaprakash Reddy, to take up their cause with the government and get the cases withdrawn. District President of the SAPS, K.V. Prasad has in the statement questioned the propriety of filing the cases three years after the incident and that too without even informing that cases were booked against them. After Friday’s proceedings at the railway court, all the accused in the case have been asked to appear before the Railway Court at Nellore on December 29 and 30.