TTDP leader Mothkupally Narsimhulu said the Nerella incident proved that KCR, who won on sentiment vote imposed suppressive rule and police raj in Telangana. Undeclared emergency was going on in Telangana. He asked the State government to file cases against the owners of the lorries which run over people. “The police beat the victims till their bones broken. Is it justified to the police? Is it justifiable to the police to threaten wives of victims saying that they will send them to brothels and their children to orphanages”, he asked. He said KCR, who overshadowed erstwhile Nizam in ruling and his minister son KTR, who says he doesn’t know about the incident, have no right to remain in office. He said all political parties would extend support to the “Chalo Sircilla Padayatra”.
‘Police liable for punishment under SC. ST Act’
TJAC chairman Prof. Kodandaram has congratulated all political parties for coming on a single forum to condemn the Nerella incident. The police targeted families on pretext of burning lorries. The District Collector and police never bothered about overloading and over-speeding sand lorries though Nerella villagers lodged complaints several times. The Sircilla SP, who never bothered about the complaints of the people, resorted to third degree methods against the people and abusing them taking caste name. “The attack by police will attract SC, ST Atrocities case and the case should be filed against him”, he said. Stressing the need of all political parties remaining united on this issue, Kodandaram demanded that the State government make the names of sand transporters public. He also demanded a comprehensive inquiry into the “sand danda”, with a sitting judge. The villagers say the ground water level was depleting due to sand mining resulting in steep fall in agriculture in the area. Making it clear that they will extend support to all parties with regard to Nerella issue, Kodandaram said there was a need to chalk out an action plan to wage movement on the issue.
TTDP working president Revanth Reddy said the Nerella incident was sad one and the government’s attitude in this regard was deplorable. Not only in Nerella, such incidents were taking place everywhere in Telangana State. Faulting KTR’s remarks against the leaders visiting Nerella as ‘tourists’, Revanth Reddy dubbed him as ‘Desa Dimmari’. He also alleged that KTR has direct links with Sand mafia and said he has proof in this regard. He demanded dismissal of KTR from the cabinet and announce Rs 10 lakh ex gratia to each victim. He also stressed the need of joint action plan in this regard.
TPCC acting president Bhatti Vikramarka said the SP should have taken action against the victims if they burnt lorries as per law instead of applying third degree methods against them. He also found fault with KTR for saying that he didn’t know about the incident. (NSS)