Saturday, February 27, 2010

Why anti-Naxal force in Osmania: SC to Andhra

Express News Service Posted online:
Saturday , Feb 27, 2010 at 0127 hrs

New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Andhra Pradesh government to explain the deployment of the anti-Naxal force Greyhounds against students agitating for a separate Telangana state in the Osmania University campus.
The Bench of Justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly was not satisfied with the explanation given by advocate Mukul Rohtagi, representing the state, that Greyhounds were called to deal with “violence” and “agitations” on campus.

“If you think Greyhounds are to be deployed in such situations, why do you not deploy them when mass-scale violence breaks out in political rallies?” the Bench asked the state, which produced in court on Friday intelligence inputs to prove Maoist infiltration in the students’ movement.

“Students hold meetings to ventilate their grievances on a particular issue, they are free to give speeches. Why do you have to deploy Greyhounds?” the court asked.

The Bench insisted that the state government file an affidavit to explain the deployment by March 19. The Bench further set up a three-member committee to deliberate within the next 10 days ways to “ensure peace in the university and surrounding areas”.

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