Andhra Pradesh High Court orders police out of Osmania University Campus

Hyderabad, Feb.15 — Sunday’s violence on the Osmania University campus, in which police beat up media persons along with a number of students, had strong repercussions on Monday with Andhra Pradesh High Court ordering all paramilitary police forces out of the campus with immediate effect.
The High Court, acting on a petition filed by a student of OU, also ordered police to remove fencing around the campus. It said civil police cannot check the hostels unless specifically asked for by the University administration.
Significantly it also ordered Joint Commissioner of Police Sita Ramanjaneyulu, who was in charge of Sunday’s lathi charge, not to enter the campus and directed Commissioner of Police to personally monitor the situation. Only the local Station House Officer is allowed to enter the campus.
The High Court’s direction comes in the wake of severe, unbridled use of force by local police on Sunday and again on Monday morning.
According to reports, personnel of Greyhounds had at one stage today morning threatened to thrash a media person they caught hold of, unless students stopped stone-pelting. When that did not stop the agitating students from pelting stones, the police thrashed the media person mercilessly ignoring his ID card and the pleas he made with folded hands.
Chief Minister K. Rosaiah later apologised to the media on behalf of the government. Home Minister Sabitha Indra Reddy said a high-level inquiry into the incident and has scheduled a
meeting with representatives of media.

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