Controversial speeches in GHMC polls under police scanner

Hyderabad Mayor Bonthu Rammohan addresses during Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) Annual Meeting in Hyderabad, on Feb 9, 2019. (Photo: IANS)

Hyderabad, Nov 26 (IANS) With leaders of different parties making controversial remarks during the ongoing campaign for Greater Hyderabad civic polls, Telangana Police on Thursday said it is examining their speeches and will take action if they are found to be violative of the law.

Director General of Police M. Mahender Reddy told a news conference that the text of the speeches delivered during the election campaign was under examination.

“If they are found provocative, having an intention to create law and order problem and promote enmity between different groups, we will take action as per law,” he said.

The police chief added that they have taken legal opinion on the controversial speeches and will proceed further on the basis of the opinion.

The DGP stated this when asked about the action taken against the leaders delivering controversial speeches.

His attention was drawn to speech by BJP’s Telangana unit chief Bandi Sanjay Kumar, who stated that if the BJP wins Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) polls surgical strikes will be carried out in old city and also a speech by MIM leader Akbaruddin Owaisi, who challenged the Telangana government to demolish the samadhis of former Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao and former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N.T. Rama Rao.

Asked about the allegations by BJP leaders including some Central ministers that Rohingyas are included in voters list, Mahender Reddy said police had taken strong action against Rohingyas wherever they were found to be violating the law.

“A large number of cases were registered against them for obtaining Aadhaar cards and voter ID cards. We have arrested them and some of them already convicted. We have taken strong action when there was violation,” he said.

The DGP appealed to people to cooperate with police in the conduct of GHMC elections in free and fair manner. He said police were keeping a tight vigil on anti-social elements, rowdy sheeters and rabid communal elements.

He said police in Hyderabad and rest of the state are on alert as some individuals were planning to make use of GHMC elections to create communal disturbances.

The DGP said they received this information through reliable sources. “If we disclose the information, now something sensational may happen. When we come to a stage, we will disclose it,” he said.

The police chief said police will take action and foil the attempts when those planning to create trouble begin to translate their plans into action.

He said social media was being used incite communal passions and thus disturb law and order. “Police is closely monitoring social media. We are using new technologies keep an eye on the posts and alert the people,” he said.

He appealed to people not to share provocative posts and inform the police for taking necessary action.

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