Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has asked the newly-created Telangana government to create a special cell to deal with cases related to hate crimes against people belonging to the residual state of Andhra Pradesh who live there.
A senior home ministry official also said that the circular granting more powers to the common governor of the two states in law and order issues, which has become a cause of tussle between Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) and the Centre, was unlikely to be withdrawn. Telangana has also been asked to submit periodical review reports to the governor on all notified vital installations in the state.
The ministry is saddled by complaints from people belonging to Andhra Pradesh who live in Hyderabad and other parts of Telangana, alleging that they were being subjected to various kinds of hate crimes as well as extortion.
The circular issued by MHA says, “A special cell headed by an officer not below the rank of inspector general in both the commissionerates and with a senior officer in the office of SP, Ranga Reddy, shall be set up to deal with hate crimes and crimes related to extortion or any other specified crime and ensure speedy trial; wide publicity would be given to the contact numbers of the officers of this cell so as to enable citizens to contact them directly.”
Last week, home minister Rajnath Singh directed the Union home secretary to mediate between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana after reports of of infighting between the administrations of the two states emerged. The home minister’s intervention follows reports that the two states were allegedly fighting over a host of issues, including drinking and irrigation water, power supply and municipal affairs, official sources said.
“It is highly unlikely that the circular would be withdrawn. It was issued within the framework of rules under the Andhra Pradesh (Reorganisation) Act, 2014. The Centre is concerned with the law and order situation in both the states,” said the official.
Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are also fighting over the Central government’s decision to incorporate seven mandals of Bhadrachalam division into Khammam district of Andhra Pradesh as part of the Polavaram Project. An official said the Centre’s main concern is that the infighting between the two administrations should not spiral into street-fighting between the people of the two states as there have been instances of provocative statements being made by some political leaders against each other.