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Andhra, Telangana deploy police at dams amid row


Amid growing tension between Telangana and Andhra Pradesh over sharing of river waters and electricity generation, both the states have deployed armed police personnel at dams and power plants across Krishna river.

Security has been tightened by both the states at Nagarjuna Sagar and Pulichintala projects.

Andhra Pradesh, which is demanding Telangana to stop hydel power generation at Srisailam and Nagarjuna Sagar, deployed its force on its side in Guntur district. Telangana also tightened the security on the border at Suryapet district.

Andhra police personnel also stepped up security at Pulichintala project. Over 100 policemen were deployed near the project amid a tense situation.

The government of Andhra Pradesh has taken strong exception to Telangana starting hydel power generation at full capacity at Srisailam and Nagarjuna Sagar projects despite low water levels in Pulichintala. It also registered protest with the Union Ministry of Jal Shakti.

Telangana also deployed additional police force at Nagarjuna Sagar power generation unit. About 100 police personnel joined the Telangana special protection force.

The Telangana police on Thursday also stopped a team of Andhra officials from visiting the power generation unit. The team wanted to meet the chief engineer of Telangana Power Generation Corporation to submit a memorandum.

The police took up checking of vehicles on the bridge and stopped tourists as a precautionary measure.

Meanwhile, the war of words continued between the two states. The row over power generation erupted even as the two states were sparring over Rayalaseema Lift Irrigation Project (RLIP).

Telangana has taken exception to Andhra going ahead with construction of RLIP saying this would harm its interests. It urged Krishna Water Management Board to stop Andhra from going ahead with the works.

The Andhra Pradesh Cabinet on Wednesday decided to lodge a complaint with Prime Minister Narendra Modi against the ‘illegal drawal’ of Krishna water by Telangana from Srisailam and Nagarjuna Sagar (NSP) for power generation.

Andhra’s water resources minister P. Anil Kumar Yadav stated that the state government was prepared to retaliate if the situation warranted.

Telangana’s tourism minister Srinivas Goud on Thursday said the comments made by Andhra ministers were objectionable. He reiterated that Andhra immediately stop works on RLIP.

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Telangana police to use AI to check face masks norm violations


In another technology-based initiative, the Telangana Police will use Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based system to identify through CCTVs people who do not wear face masks in public.

Terming it as first-of-its-kind initiative in India, Director General of Police M. Mahender Reddy said the rollout will begin soon in Hyderabad, Cyberabad, and Rachakonda police commissionerates that cover Hyderabad and its suburbs.

The police chief said the initiative involved leveraging computer vision and deep learning techniques on Closed-Circuit Television (CCTVs).

In a move aimed at containing the spread of coronavirus, the Telangana government last month made wearing of face masks compulsory for people when they step out of their homes.

The police in the districts is imposing fines of Rs 500 to Rs 1,000 on the violators.

Meanwhile, the DGP on Friday directed all Commissioners of Police and Superintendents of Police to release vehicles seized for various violations during the lockdown period.

“The Enforcement Officers/Station House Officers have been directed to return all the vehicles seized during the lockdown to their owners immediately under proper acknowledgement,” the DGP said

The violators/owners will have to make payment of compounding fee, wherever applicable, as per rules and submit a set of photocopies of vehicle documents for record.

They shall also submit in writing declarations/understandings for presenting the vehicles in courts, if required.

The police chief said the entire process shall be completed within the next week in a transparent manner.

The police across the state had seized more than 1.5 lakh vehicles, mostly two-wheeler, since the lockdown began on March 22.

Following appeals from various quarters, Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar had last week announced release of about 34,000 vehicles.

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Nayeem’s case: politicians engage in war of words


Though names of retired employees and police officials, who had connection with gangster Nayeem, came to light so far in the case, the SIT officials are yet to divulge any details of politicians who had alleged connections with the gangster.

Ibrahimpatnam MLA Manchireddy Kishan Reddy and former MLA from Malakpet Malreddy Rangareddy constituency are engaged in war of words accusing each other of having alleged connections with the gangster. Manchireddy on Monday staged a sit-in protest along with his followers challenging Malreddy to prove allegations made against him.

Malreddy has been accusing Manchireddy of having links with Nayeem and took part in various illegal activities. Speaking to media persons, Malreddy alleged that Machireddy, who was TDP legislator later joined in the TRS, has links with Nayeem’s close aide Srihari.

He questioned alleged land settlements carried out by Manchireddy’s son and Srihari. Malreddy further said that he had met SIT chief Nagireddy and submit the proofs. When Nayeem’s confidant Srihari was arrested by the police, what is the reason behind leaving Manchireddy, he questioned.

Malreddy further admitted that he is committed to the accusations made against the Ibrahimpatnam MLA and prove with every evidence he has with him. He accused the MLA of earning wealth to the tune of Rs 300 crore by joining hands with Nayeem’s associate.

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