Adivasi anger: Sec 144 slapped in erstwhile Warangal district

Security forces have been deployed across districts to prevent untoward incidents

Published: 17th December 2017 01:30 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th December 2017 07:57 AM   |  A+A-

Lambadas stage a protest in front of Kothagudem bus stand as part of the bandh call given against the attacks on them | Express photo

By Express News Service

WARANGAL:  A day after clashes between Gond Adivasis and the Banjara Lambadas at several places in Adilabad district on Friday, the district administration of erstwhile Warangal, in order to maintain law and order had imposed Section 144 in the entire district and increased vigilance in the tribal dominated areas.
Two platoons of Rapid Action Force, TSSP personnel and 3,000 security men were deployed in Agency area to deal with untoward incident.  Police set up 23 pickets and 16 checkposts in sensitive areas.

Inspector General of Police DS Chauhan and Anil Kumar, Karimnagar Range DIG C Ravi Verma, Karimnagar commissioner Kamalasan Reddy, Peddapalli commissioner Vikram Jeet Duggal and Nizamabad commissioner Karthekiya along with 4 SPs are monitoring the situation.RTC buses were confined to bus depots while internet services were suspended in the district. However, despite huge presence of security personnel and Section 144,  adivasis took out huge rally after performing milk Abhisekham to Kumrambheem statue in collectorate chowk.

Adivasis held dharna in front of police station in Neeradigonda mandal demanding filing of case against Lambada sarpanch, who  manhandled a driver transporting adivasis for December 15 rally. Wankidi mandal adivaisis burnt the flag pole and organised  rally demanding action against miscreants. MLA Rekha Naik visited Thanda and interacted with the families. She said Jithender Rathod ,  who  died  on Friday was killed in the violence and not in an accident as being claimed by the police.

However, defying the prohibitory orders, Lambadas Hakula Porata Samithi members gathered in large number at Amarveerulu Stupam in Hanamkonda and staged a protest against the attack by Gond Adivasis on people belonging to Lambada community. The police had a tough time to remove agitators from the venue. At one point of time, police had to use mild lathicharge to disburse the crowd.

In Mahabubabad district also, Lambadas were arrested when they staged dharnas against the violence in Adilabad. The security deployed had to use force to remove agitators at several places in the district. In Mahabubabad town, police arrested several agitators and lodged them at various police stations. Total bandh was observed in Gudur and Kothaguda mandal of the district by lambadas. 

Meanwhile, in Mulug area of the Bhupalpally district, Gond Adivasis staged protest against the violence that took place in Adilabad. In Khammam and Kothagudem districts, Lambadas held dharnas and rasta roko in protest against attacks by Adivasis on Lambadas in Adilabad district.In Karepalli mandal headquarters, a bandh was observed. All shops, commercial complexes, cinema halls, educational institutions and offices  remained closed. Later Lambadas took out procession in the town and staged rasta roko at Karepalli crossroad. Lambada leader Siva Naik demanded the government to take stringent action against Adivasi leaders involved in attack.

IAS, IPS officers reshuffled

Their new positions are
Adilabad Collector:  D Divya
Kumrambheem Asifabad: Patil Prashant     Jeeven
Nirmal: M Prashanti
Warangal (Rural): Amrapali Kata (addl charge)
Vikarabad Collector: M Raghunadan Rao (addl charge)
 IPS Officers

DIG Karimnagar range: P Pramod Kumar
SP, Kumarambheem Asifabad: Kalmeshwar Shingenavar
SP, Nagarkurnool: Sunpreet Singh
SP, Adilabad : Vishnu S Warrier 
(Additional charge of Nirmal)
C Ravi Varma: Reports the DGP Office
M Srinivasulu: Report to DGP office

Telangana Girijana Bheri activists condemn attack on Lambadas
The activists of TS Girijana Bheri on Saturday held a meeting in Mahbubnagar town to discuss the physical attack on Lambada tribals. The meeting  condemned the brutal attack on Lambadas of Adilabad district. The activists demanded state government to invoke PD Act against all those demanding withdrawal of reservations to Lambada community. Meanwhile, Mahbubnagar, Nagarkurnool, Wanparthy district SPs on Saturday said districts were under enforcement of Police Act 30 and added that no person can hold any public meeting without police permission.

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