AP CM reviews law and order situation in Telangana

Hyderabad, Feb 21 (PTI) Andhra Pradesh Chief MinisterN Kiran Kumar Reddy this evening discussed the law and ordersituation in Telangana with Home Minister P Sabita Indra Reddyand Director General of Police K Aravinda Rao.

He reviewed the situation in the backdrop of violentincidents in the city during the Chalo Assembly'' (march toAssembly) agitation by students and the 48-hour bandh callgiven by Telangana Joint Action Committee beginning tomorrow.

Police fired teargas shells to disperse the agitatingstudents on the Osmania University campus and near the NizamCollege hostel when they pelted stones at the police.

The student mobs also damaged railway properties andset a bus on fire at Habsiguda here. Many state road transportbuses were damaged by irate mobs in the state capital.

Many students and protesters were taken into custody,the Chief Minister was reportedly informed.

A violent incident was also reported in Sanga Reddytown when a group of students stormed into the districtCollectorate building and broke a glass door.

The CM reportedly directed the DGP to deal with suchincidents with a firm hand but "without any excesses."

Meanwhile, the Group of Ministers headed by FinanceMinister A Ramanarayana Reddy held talks with leaders ofTelangana Employees Joint Action Committee to end the non-cooperation agitation being carried out by the employeesin the region since February 17.

"We are implementing all the promises made to theemployees. Hence, they should call off their agitation whichis severely affecting the administration and the state''sfinancial position," the Finance Minister later said.

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