Ahead of counting day in Telangana, the Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) has written to the state DGP seeking increased security for some of their leaders in the state. In a letter written by TPCC Treasurer Gudur Narayan Reddy, he has claimed that the threat perception for Congress leaders has increased and has asked the DGP to take measures to enhance or provide security to all important leaders of the party.
“We would like to bring to your kind notice that the threat perception for the Congress leaders in Telangana State has increased, especially in view of the attacks held on our leaders before and on polling day on Sri Madhu Yashki, KS Ratnam, Pilot Rohit Reddy and myself,” the letter states.
The letter comes after Congress National Secretary and spokesperson Madhu Yaskhi’s convoy was attacked near Metpally town on Thursday night. He was on his way to Nizamabad, where he was planning to cast his vote in the State elections. The glass panes of the Congress leader’s vehicles were destroyed. The next day, Challa Vamshi Reddy was also attacked on December 7 and his vehicle pelted with stones when he was returning from a polling station in Jangareddy Palle village in Telangana’s Talakondapalle Mandal.
The TPCC has sought additional security for three leaders specifically – Vijayashanti, Madhu Yashki Goud and Gudur Narayan Reddy, TPCC Treasurer. The letter does not, however, seek security for Vamshi Reddy, who is currently admitted to hospital after he was attacked.
“We regret to say that the State Police or the Security Review Committee (SRC) did nothing to conduct any periodical assessment of the threat to opposition leaders. In fact, it appears that the SRC, instead of working as an independent body, acted on the directions of the ruling party and reduced the security of important leaders without any valid basis,” the Congress adds in the letter, alleging that the security of Congress leaders has been ‘taken very lightly’.