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Cops are not biased, says Andhra DGP

By Mohammed Siddique
December 28, 2009 17:58 IST

Andhra Pradesh Director General of Police, R Girish Kumar has appealed to the political parties and the media, specially the television channels to exercise restrain in leveling allegations of "partiality and bias" against the police officials as it can de-motivate and discourage the police officers.

Addressing a press conference in Hyderabad on Monday the DGP denied the allegations that the police was showing bias or partiality on the basis of religion, he said that all the police officers owed their allegiance to the constitution and were discharging their duties honestly and with out any favor or fear towards or against any of the three regions–Telangana, Andhra and Rayala Seema.

"We already have a very difficult and sensitive assignment on our hands", he said urging the media to show restraint in broadcasting violent scenes repeatedly as it can create provocation against the policy and disturb the public's minds".

Giving an over all picture of law and order situation in the state since November 27, when the current round of trouble over Telangana had begun, Girish Kumar said that 107 government properties and 458 private and public vehicles were damaged resulting in loss of Rs 15 crore. 1087 cases were booked and 13360 people were identified as involved in them. 5135 of these people were arrested.

Referring to the calls for strike in the days to come, Girish Kumar said the police was fully prepared to deal with the situation firmly and 30 companies of Paramilitary forces were also deployed in addition to the local police. "Don't take police for granted", he said.

The DGP made a special appeal to the students not to indulge in violence as it can destroy their golden future. "If case are booked against you, they will create serious problems for you for your career and even for securing passport", he said. "We are saying this because of our great concern for the students at large", he said.

He also urged the students not to allow the outsiders and anti social elements in to the campuses as it can create serious problems.

Earlier the new acting state governor ESL Narasimhan, a former director of Intelligence Bureau of briefed about the current law and order situation by the Chief Minister K Rosaiah and the director general of police Girish Kumar.

Narasimhan, the governor of Chattisgarh held the meeting soon after taking the oath as the acting governor of Andhra Pradesh in Raj Bhavan on Monday morning. State Home Minister Sabita Reddy and other senior officials were also present at the meeting.

Mohammed Siddique in Hyderabad