Interacting with the media, he said the provocative speeches made by politicians were under legal examination. He also said the department had specific information that some individuals were planning to create communal tensions in the city.
Hyderabad: Director-General of Police M Mahendar Reddy on Thursday said the department would take legal action against those whose speeches during the GHMC election campaign were found to be provocative.
“If speeches are found to be provocative and if there is a violation of the law, they will be referred for legal opinion,” he said, while interacting with the media after reviewing the arrangements being made for the smooth conduct of elections along with Additional Director-General of Police (Law and Order) Jitender, zonal IGs and the Police Commissioners of Hyderabad, Cyberabad and Rachakonda.
Replying to a query on the ‘surgical strike’ statement by BJP State president Bandi Sanjay, Reddy said all the speeches were under legal examination. Stating that the case against BJP MP Tejaswi Surya was booked based on a complaint from Osmania University authorities, the DGP also said MIM leader Akbaruddin Owaisi’s statements on PV Gnana Bhoomi and NTR Ghat too were being examined.
Earlier, Reddy said 62 cases were booked against Rohingyas for fraudulently obtaining Indian identity cards including Aadhaar cards, voter IDs, passports etc. Some were already convicted. Therefore, whenever there is a violation, strong action was taken by the police and there was no question of shielding anyone, Reddy said.
As many as 51,500 police personnel are being deployed for the smooth conduct of GHMC elections on December 1.
“We are making all security arrangements. Our entire effort is to ensure that the election passes off peacefully without any incidents and that people are allowed to exercise their franchise in free and fair manner,” he said.
According to the DGP, around 3,500 rowdy sheeters were bound over and they were under continuous watch. The police would ensure that no person with criminal background took the law into his hands and disturbed peace. Responding to a query, the DGP said permissions were given to all political parties to organise rallies and meetings for campaigning.
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