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War against tribals – Dam and encounters by Andhra government జనవరి 6, 2015

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, Bhadrachalam, displacement, ecology, Godavari, Identity, indigenous, Koya, Polavaram, ST, submergence, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
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Another Salwa Judum in the making?

Krishna Prasad, The Times of India, TNN, Jan 6, 2015

Hyderabad: In what could be a rerun of the failed Salwa Judum campaign of Chhattisgarh, the Andhra Pradesh government, faced with a renewed threat from Maoists, is planning to raise a tribal police battalion to take on the insurgents.

The cabinet sub-committee on Naxalite problem, headed by finance minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu, has recommended a tribal battalion, staffed by tribal youth from East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam, exclusively to counter Maoist insurgence on the Andhra-Odisha-Chhattisgarh border. Plans are afoot to locate the battalion either at Rampachodavaram in East Godavari or Paderu in Visakhapatnam district.

While the government says the decision is aimed at discouraging angry tribal youth, many of who would be dislocated due to the Polavaram project, from joining the Maoist fold, security experts feel the move is likely to backfire.

“What happened in Bastar in Chhattisgarh, which is not far from tribal areas of Visakhapatnam, East Godavari and Srikakulam, is still fresh,” cautioned former director general of police Pervaram Ramulu. “In the name of Salwa Judum, tribals were fielded against Maoists. The proposed tribal battalion is similar to Salwa Judum. In the name of employment, tribals should not be made to suffer,” he added. (మరింత…)

Telugu society and crime – Rape and cyber crimes in Andhra Pradesh & Telangana జనవరి 3, 2015

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, corruption, Culture, Hyderabad, politics, Settler, Telangana, Telugu, violence.
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Rape, cyber crime rose in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh in 2014 even as crime rate declined
Friday, 2 January 2015, PTI

The crime rate in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana saw a slight decline in 2014 though rape and cyber crime cases rose while police arrested an aide of Indian Mujahideen ‘media in-charge’ and foiled attempts by some youths including an ex-Google employee to join ISIS.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) tasted success by arresting Myanmarese national Khaleed alias Mohammed Khalid, one of the prime accused in the Burdwan blast case. Hyderabad Police on October 22 arrested Shah Mudassir alias Talha, a member of SIMI and Shoeb Ahmed Khan alias Tariq Bhai, an associate of Mansoor Ali Peerboy (media in-charge of Indian Mujahideen, Pune Module), from Secunderabad here. Police said the duo from Maharashtra were allegedly planning to go to Afghanistan to get training from al Qaeda for carrying out terror activities in India.

Hyderabad Police Commissioner M Mahender Reddy said they were in the process of collecting enough evidence against Hyderabadi youth Mothasim Billah, a former SIMI activist, who had promised to finance their travel to Afghanistan.

In August, Hyderabad Police “foiled” an attempt by a group of four young men from the city, including two engineers, to join ISIS after they were tracked down to Kolkata from where they were allegedly preparing to flee to Iraq.

Similarly, 30-year-old former Google employee Munawad Salman, who was allegedly plotting to join ISIS was detained by Hyderabad Police in October. They also counselled a 21-year-old student, who too was allegedly in touch with a suspected ISIS activist over a social networking site.

The overall crime graph showed a minuscule 0.41 per cent decline in Telangana with a total of 93,392 cognisable cases reported in 2014 compared with 93,780 cases in 2013, though cases of molestation (‘outraging modesty’) and rape increased in Telangana in 2014 compared with the previous year. Cyber crime cases went up to 618 in 2014 from 334 last year. (మరింత…)

Decongest Hyderabad city – KCR జనవరి 2, 2015

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Culture, heritage, Hyderabad, Identity, Mulki, Nizam, regionalism, Settler, Telangana.
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Nizam was great, secular ruler: Telangana CM
IANS, Jan 1, 2015

Hyderabad: Showering praise on the Nizam, the ruler of erstwhile Hyderabad State, Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao described him as great and secular.

“He was glorious king. Some small mistakes may have happened but they happen in any kingdom,” KCR, as the chief minister is popularly known, said while lauding him for development and welfare projects.

Inaugurating 75th All India Industrial Exhibition here Thursday evening, he recalled the role played by Nizam in promoting the annual exhibition popularly known as ‘numaish’.

Defending his praise for Nizam and visiting his grave on the occasion of his death anniversary, KCR said when people in Andhra Pradesh can celebrate birth and death anniversary of Arthur Cotton, a British engineer, why can’t he visit the Nizam’s grave. (మరింత…)