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Violence in Telangana protest? డిసెంబర్ 2, 2009

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Who is really behind the trouble in AP?
G S Vasu
First Published : 01 Dec 2009 12:23:00 AM IST
Last Updated : 01 Dec 2009 01:30:48 AM IST

IS there something more to Sunday’s brutal caning of students and the subsequent violence in the wake of the arrest of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhara Rao than meets the eye?
The answer appears yes, going by information emanating from various sources, including within the Congress, in the 48 hours since the government foiled Rao’s plan to launch a fast-unto-death and lodged him in a jail.

If the Telangana region is on the boil today after a nine-year-long peaceful agitation by the TRS, it does not entirely appear to be the making of the separatist party. Who could it be then? This is the question doing the rounds in political circles as the Rosaiah government grapples with the emotive issue which has already taken a violent turn.

A senior Congress MP, a known votary of separate Telangana, blamed it on sections bent on defaming Chief Minister K Rosaiah to create an impression that he is not capable of holding the top post. That such groups are within the Congress does not require a Sherlock Holmes to understand.

The focus, for obvious reasons, is on the brutal lathicharge on peacefully agitating students of the Osmania University, which provoked the subsequent violence. Reports that policemen in mufti mingled with the students and even encouraged them to indulge in vandalism have also not been lost sight of. Why did the police resort to such a questionable action and at whose behest are questions that beg answers.

Read this together with the discovery of a bag containing crude bombs on the university campus, about which students themselves alerted the police. That use of such bombs by any group is unheard of in the Telangana region is known to everyone. In such a scenario, is it another pointer to an ‘‘outside and unknown hand’’ out to exploit the hunger strike launched by Rao for their own interests?

‘‘Yes, we have ordered an inquiry into the lathicharge. The probe will also figure out if people from outside the campus joined the students and fomented trouble,’’ was all that Home Minister P Sabita Indra Reddy was willing to say even as several Telangana Congressmen sought action against police officials responsible for the assault on students.

Chandrasekhara Rao, who continued his fast in prison, chose to end it tonight, perhaps, realising the fact that the agitation was slipping out of his control with different elements infiltrating the TRS ranks and going about attacking both public and private establishments — some belonging to businessmen of other regions in the State. This was contrary to what has been stated by Rao on several occasions: They will not resort to violence and under no circumstances, will people from other regions be singled out.

The State has a history of communal riots ‘‘engineered’’ by Congressmen to unseat a chief minister –– an aspect that Rosaiah will definitely remember. On the one hand, he has to handle the separate State demand which has once again gained momentum and on the other, prevent his adversaries from within the party from taking advantage of the current situation.

Source: New Indian Express December 3, 2009

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