statesman news service
HYDERABAD, 13 JUNE: Further confrontation between police and protesters seems almost certain given the enormous security cover thrown across the twin cities. Large contingents of police, including CRPF, Rapid Action Force, the state&’s Special Police, apart from state forces, have been deployed.
“Come what may, we are going ahead with the Chalo Assembly protest programme tomorrow,” the Telangana Joint Action Committee said. The government, on its part, said it would be illegal as permission has not been granted and will not be granted for the protest programme under any circumstance. City police released traffic diversions today. Traffic will be diverted from 11 tonight at 21 various points within a radius of one to two kilometres from the Assembly. They declared a red alert in Hyderabad and slapped prohibitory orders across the region. Further, barbed wire fences along with 58 check-posts have been put up on roads police think protesters might potentially cause a breach. Also in an unprecedented measure, police today barricaded lanes and by-lanes that open onto these main roads.
This is in addition to the routine measures of innumerable bound-over cases and preventive arrests across Telangana. Vehicles carrying protesters are being stopped on the highways itself and sent back.
Police are going by the experiences they have had on 10 May 2011 when protesters reached the Tank Bund, pulled down most of the 33 statues of iconic Telugu personalities and threw them into the Hussainsagar Lake. On 30 September 2012, the government, after refusing permission, allowed protestors to hold a meeting on Necklace Road. This time, protestors picked up ballast from the adjoining railway track to resort to indiscriminate stone pelting before burning media vehicles.
“This time there is no permission. The psyche of the protestor would be to get as close as possible to the Assembly even if he finds an inch of space. We will see that he does not get past us. We make our arrangements, they will make their attempts,” a senior officer, who is executing the security plan, told The Statesman.
TRS, BJP disrupt AP House
HYDERABAD, 13 JUNE: TRS and BJP members stalled proceedings of the state Legislative Assembly for the third consecutive day today in support of the demand for a separate Telangana. They went into the Well of the House soon after the session began for the day and raised slogans demanding that the Assembly pass a resolution favouring formation of separate Telangana state. pti