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DGP warns against rail-roko, violence

DGP warns  against rail-roko, violence
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DGP V Dinesh Reddy on Thursday warned the Seemandhra agitators not to indulge in violence, not to destroy the satatues and asked them to call off the proposed Rail Roko protest. However they are free to carry on their agitation peacefully.Dinesh Reddy said that stern action would be taken against any attempt to disrupt the movement of trains in the state. “As people from different walks of life rely on the railways as an important mode of transportation, it is a serious crime to indulge in trespassing and damaging tracks and endangering safety of persons travelling” he said.

Appeals to agitators not to cross democratic limits

Hyderabad : DGP V Dinesh Reddy on Thursday warned the Seemandhra agitators not to indulge in violence, not to destroy the satatues and asked them to call off the proposed Rail Roko protest. However they are free to carry on their agitation peacefully.Dinesh Reddy said that stern action would be taken against any attempt to disrupt the movement of trains in the state. “As people from different walks of life rely on the railways as an important mode of transportation, it is a serious crime to indulge in trespassing and damaging tracks and endangering safety of persons travelling” he said.

He said that the SCR officials had already met him and discussed the likely impact of the rail roko programme. He stated that non- bailable cases would be booked if any one ventured to stop the trains and the persons booked would be liable for jail punishment up to 7 years,” he cautioned. “Protests are part of a democratic process,” but one cannot try for stopping trains as a mode of protest, he maintained. Stating that the roko protests would be recorded using video cameras, he said the police would use helicopters for having an aerial view of the movement of the trains and disruptions caused by any during the protests. Any sort of infringement on the rights of individuals attracts serious punishment, he added.

Similarly, he sounded a caution against misinterpretation of statements. “A section of media is trying to telecast skewed news, repeating visuals, and thus showing police department in bad light,” he said. At the same time, the DGP stated that vandalism targeting statues of national leaders was an insult to the nation. “We will be looked down by foreign countries if we resort to damaging the statues of our national leaders,” he said.

No permission in Hyd
The DGP reiterated that the rallies, meetings of the APNGOs were banned. Stating that picketing could lead to violence, he emphasized that any act that affects normal life would not be allowed in the city. He said that the police had anticipated the decision in advance and taken measures to pacify the agitating public to a significant extent. He stated that a total of 55 companies of para-military from the central pools were drafted and deployed to prevent any sort of protests going berserk across the state.

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