The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Thursday censured the state police for using excessive force against students and journalists on the campus last week and asked them why the CBI should not be asked to probe the campus violence.
At least 40 students and the cameraman of a news channel were injured in police action last week. The Joint Action Committee on Telangana alleged that the police did not spare even the girl students and molested some of them.
Justice Narasimha Reddy took to task Joint Commissioner of Police (Security) P Anjaneylu,who appeared before the court,for poor handling of the situation. The court wanted to know why an indiscriminate baton charge was ordered on students for nearly four hours. The court asked the officer why girl students and mediapersons were also beaten up. The judge also wanted to know how many policemen were deployed on the campus and on whose orders.
Advocate General D V Sitarama Murthy informed the court that a detailed report on the incidents of Sunday evening and Monday morning on the campus would be submitted on March 1. Following his submission,the court adjourned the case.
The preliminary report prepared by Hyderabad Police claims hostel students of Osmania University and members of JAC on Telangana have been repeatedly provoking police and paramilitary forces by pelting stones at them and then hiding in the hostels. The report says several police personnel including the Additional Commissioner of Police were injured in the stone pelting.
Meanwhile,Andhra Pradesh has approached the Supreme Court against the HC directive asking it to move out paramilitary forces from the OU campus. The apex court,which posted the matter for hearing on Friday,asked the state to answer who permitted the stationing of paramilitary forces on the campus. Our concern is about the installation of tents and barricades in the university campus. It does not show a good sign, a Bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justices S H Kapadia and Aftab Alam said.
Have you got the permission of the Vice-Chancellor to have forces there on the campus? the Bench asked. The court also wanted to know if the state,as an alternative,could station the paramilitary forces at a nearby camp,if any.
In response to this suggestion,senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi,representing the state government,said the paramilitary forces were needed as the state cannot meet the requirement of force for maintenance of law and order.