Hyderabad, Aug 2 (INN): Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Friday vehemently condemned attacks on statues of leaders at various places and directed Chief Secretary Dr P.K.Mohanty and DGP V Dinesh Reddy to take all preventive steps to protect the statues of leaders, protect public and private property by stepping up security and initiate stringent action against anti-social elements who are indulging in destruction of statues in State particularly in Seemandhra.
The Chief Minister reviewed the situation with Chief Secretary and DGP this morning and directed for close monitoring and for peaceful maintenance of law and order. He reiterated his appeal to the people to show restraint and maintain peace and not to indulge in violence and destruction of properties. He made a fervent call to the people of the State to maintain peace. He said in a democracy, people have a right to protest and agitate, but should not indulge in violence and destruction of public and private property.
Kiran Kumar Reddy directed the Chief Secretary and Director General of Police, to direct all Superintendents of Police to maintain law & order and deal with the people’s agitation with restraint and at the same time not to allow violence and destruction. He said the Government is committed to protect the life and property of the people in the State. He said stringent action will be taken against the people who indulge in arson and violence.
The Chief Minister appealed to the people to remain calm and maintain peace and harmony.