HYDERABAD: Redefining the Swachh Hyderabad campaign, the Hyderabad police have decided to clean up the city in a different way — by seeking to transform rowdy-sheeters.
Thanks to their efforts, as many as 360 history and rowdy sheeters voluntarily participated in the Swachh Abhiyan at the Paigah Tombs in Santoshnagar.
The rowdy-sheeters also took an oath not to indulge in unlawful activities. Three ACPs, 17 inspectors and other staff too participated in the event.
The participants also included former rowdy-sheeters whose case sheets were closed on December 31 last year and are leading an honest life. Speaking on the occasion, the rowdy-sheeters acknowledged that their children and other family members had been enduring hardships because of them. However, they lamented that despite their best efforts to lead an honest life, the society at large was discriminating against them and their family members.
They complained that their personal lives had become miserable due to the frequent police summons, particularly during festivals. “Instead of spending time with families, we spend festivals at police stations,” they said. The rowdy-sheeters further said they were unable to celebrate festivals with their family members due to a series of cases against them and vowed to be part of a ‘clean and crime-free Hyderabad.’
KCR Seeks Support to Change city
Whether it is sanitation, polluted water supply, voltage fluctuations or passing of high tension power in dingy lanes of Hyderabad, the city is in a pathetic condition, Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao said. For resolving the problems, he sought cooperation of all political parties. Addressing a review meeting on ‘Swachh Hyderabad Programme’ with MPs, MLAs, MLCs of Greater Hyderabad here Tuesday, he said time for talking was over and now was the need to act.