DGPs of AP and Telangana taken to task by Governor

HYDERABAD: The Directors General of Police of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana were taken to task by Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan on Saturday over the incident in which police personnel of the States virtually came to blows at Nagarjunasagar dam site on Friday.

Policemen waded into the raging dispute between the two States over the release of water from Nagarjunasagar into the right canal for providing irrigation in the Krishna delta. There was tension at the dam site following which both the States deployed police forces to prevent any untoward incident.

When official-level discussions failed to resolve the issue till the evening, the mounting tense situation took a serious turn with the personnel of both the States virtually coming to blows after which Chief Ministers of the two States decided to thrash out the issue in Raj Bhavan on Saturday.

Even before the two CMs could arrive for the scheduled meeting with the Governor,  the DGPs of the two States were summoned for an explanation over Friday evening’s incidents. After the two DGPs explained their respective versions, Mr. Narasimhan is understood to have expressed shock and anguish and shock the police personnel’s behaviour.

If the policemen started breaking the law, what message would it send to the public, Mr. Narasimhan is understood to have asked the DGPs. He felt that they should have taken adequate precautionary measures by advising their men to observe restraint. He directed them to ensure that such incidents do not recur and that adequate protection is provided to the dam. (NSS)

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