Elite Greyhounds now used against T students ఫిబ్రవరి 18, 2010Posted by Telangana Utsav in agitation, fast, Hyderabad, JAC, Mulki, Osmania, politics, students, Telangana, universities.
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Elite Greyhounds now used for sundry jobs
TNN, Feb 18, 2010
HYDERABAD: Trained to conduct vigorous operations against Maoists in jungles, the elite Greyhound force of the AP Police is now being deployed to scare, hound and hunt un-armed agitators, mostly students spearheading the Telangana agitation.
According to highly place sources, director general of police R R Girish Kumar is resorting to the use of Greyhound units to quell agitations across the state and even for bandobast of sports events. “The use of Greyhounds in non-militant and urban-civil situations began in December last year. The DGP is showing little faith in the mob controlling abilities of the City Armed Reserve or APSP or other police wings. At one point of time, more than 20 units of Greyhounds were out in the cities and towns helping the local police,” a senior police official said.
The sources said that IG Greyhounds Anjani Kumar wrote letters to the DGP saying that the use of his units in civil agitations would work against their speciality of fighting armed Maoists in jungles. “Following this, the DGP reluctantly ordered the Greyhounds units back to their original duty. But only for a while. They are back again. They were seen in their intimidating jungle fatigue scaring the Osmania University students in the campus on Sunday night,” the official said.
According to one source, the use of Greyhounds has become so absurd that about three weeks ago, two of their units were sent for the bandobast of a volleyball match in the city. There were only about 150 spectators and two VIPs – Secunderabad MP Anjan Kumar Yadav and Rajya Sabha member V Hanumantha Rao at the sporting event.
Several police officers opposed the use of Greyhounds against regular agitators. They believe that since the force has been raised for a specific purpose in specified territories, pulling it out from its habitat would cause immense harm to its operational ability. They also believe that stationing Greyhounds in the city without their routine regime of vigorous training would make them ineffective when they are called for their actual duty.
Osmania University students who faced the brunt of the police action last Sunday and Monday said that the Greyhounds were actually behaving like hooligans themselves rather than quell such behaviour.
“They would pass lewd comments whenever girl students pass by. It is clear that they are out of place. I fail to understand why they have been deployed to control unarmed students fighting for a separate Telangana,” said one student leader.