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The AP and Telangana governments appear to be locking horns over the issue of Section 8 of the Andhra Pradesh State Reorganisation Act. Alleging that the TS police was towing KCR\'s line in the cash-for-vote scam by striking at AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, the AP police too have decided to adopt a similar approach in fixing Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.
AP, TS cops lock horns over jurisdiction
Hyderabad: The AP and Telangana governments appear to be locking horns over the issue of Section 8 of the Andhra Pradesh State Reorganisation Act. Alleging that the TS police was towing KCR's line in the cash-for-vote scam by striking at AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, the AP police too have decided to adopt a similar approach in fixing Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.
The AP police on Tuesday deployed its own police at various important places, including NTR Trust Bhavan and the residence of AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. The AP government also decided to hand over the responsibility of safety and security of the party MPs and MLAs to the AP police.
Taking strong objection to the deployment of AP police personnel in Hyderabad city, Telangana State Director General of Police Anurag Sharma warned that he would withdraw police protection to all political leaders of Andhra Pradesh State. Sharma also called on Governor ESL Narasimhan on Tuesday and complained against the presence of AP police in the State capital.
During his meeting with the Governor, the Telangana State police chief made it clear to Narasimhan that providing security to people’s representatives and maintaining law and order in Hyderabad was the primary duty of the Telangana State police personnel only.
In the wake of Naidu taking controversial decision of deploying Andhra police personnel at his residence, the Telangana police top-brass are contemplating action against the AP Director General of Police about his needless bossism in Hyderabad and consulting legal luminaries in this connection.
Some legal experts opined that deployment of AP police in Telangana State capital is totally against Section 8 of Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act. The deployment of AP police in Telangana and interference in the affairs of Telangana State amounts to gross violation of AP Reorganisation Act, they felt, pointing out that Sec. 8 of the Act clearly stated that police and officials of Andhra Pradesh have no power and jurisdiction in Telangana State.
They also said police of one State cannot work in another State as it is totally against the spirit of the Constitution. According to police sources, KCR and DGP Anurag Sharma were planning to initiate action against their AP counterparts. “Can the neighboring Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra governments keep quiet if our police personnel are deployed in those States? Why Andhra police should enter our State and boss over us, they asked.
The responsibility of maintaining law and order in Telangana State is ours only,” they contended. But the AP leaders say that the concept of common capital overrides the territorial jurisdiction issue and the AP government has lost its faith in Telangana police and hence deploying its own police.