Hyderabad: Telangana Joint Action Committee chairman M Kodandaram and several others on Wednesday were taken into preventive custody ahead of their proposed rally on the issue of unemployment for which they have been denied permission.
Police forces, drawn from various districts in Telangana and Hyderabad city, were deployed at all strategic locations to maintain law and order, Hyderabad Police Commissioner M Mahendar Reddy said.
He said prohibitory orders were clamped as a precautionary measure and action would be initiated as per law against those who attempt to violate it.
The TJAC’s request for organising the rally and public meeting at Indira Park by has already been rejected in view of the law and order situation, he said and appealed to the public not to come to Hyderabad to take part in the rally.
Deputy Commissioner of Police, (East Zone) A Ravindar said, “He (TJAC chairman) insisted on taking out a rally and go ahead with the public meeting. Hence, Kodandaram and 20 other TJAC leaders were taken into preventive custody in the early hours today.”
“They will be released by evening…it’s only a preventive arrest,” the DCP said.
TJAC is an umbrella organisation of different pro- Telangana groups that had spearheaded the
movement for separate state.
“As permission has not been granted no one should come towards Indira Park,” he said.
Police also took into preventive custody several others, including local Congress leaders and members of other political parties and organisations, from different parts of the city.
They also prevented a group of students, belonging to different organisations, of Osmania University from taking out a march towards Indira Park from the varsity.
Mild tension prevailed as the students argued with police.
Reddy said all areas have been covered under CCTV surveillance and footages “will be used as evidence” for taking legal action against those who defy the prohibitory orders.
“The members of the public are requested to cooperate with police in this regard and ensure that law and order is maintained in the city,” he said.
The TJAC had called a rally and public meeting for unemployed youth in Hyderabad on Wednesday and requested the police to grant permission.
The police had, however, suggested six alternative places to the organisers to conduct the meeting which they had refused and approached the Hyderabad High Court.
Since the petitioner was not ready to shift the place, the HC on Tuesday suggested to hold the meeting at Nagole and started dictating the judgement.
At that time, the petitioner withdrew the writ petition, police had said.
The Telangana Government had earlier informed the HC it had denied permission for a protest rally of TJAC because “extremist elements” had infiltrated the group.