Even as the Telangana Joint Action Committee(TJAC) is gearing up for the three-day rail-roko programme from October 15, the state government on Thursday warned that anyone disrupting train services or causing damage to rail properties would be booked under the Railway Act of 1989, which provided for minimum jail term of 10 years.
Director general of Police Dinesh Reddy said that the police have decided to book all those indulging in tampering or removing fish plates, squatting on tracks, parking bullock carts and organizing lunch or dinner on railway tracks under non-bailable sections of the Act.
He further said that students/youth charged under the act would be barred from seeking employment whereas those already in service would be dismissed.
He said that government has drawn up a three-tier plan to provide full-proof security to all trains during the three days. The centre has dispatched 18 additional companies of CRPF to help the state during the railway blockade, he added.
He appealed to the TJAC to postpone the rail-roko programme indefinitely keeping in view the inconvenience caused to commuters.
The TJAC subsequently said that the rail programme stands and asked the people to converge in large numbers on rail tracks and stop the movement of trains. TRS MP Vijayashanti said she will be the first one to take part in the rail-roko programme.
Meanwhile, hundreds of parents of school and college-going children urged chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy to get the educational institutions reopened so that their wards` academic year was not spoiled.
A delegations of parents met Reddy in his camp office this morning and complained that the educational institutions have remained closed for over 3 weeks thus affecting the career of their children and putting them into disadvantage in all-India competitive tests. “Please save the career of our children," one parent pleaded. The chief minister told the delegation that the government was taking steps to get the educational institutions opened.
Later, parents body asked the TJAC not to play with the lives of students.“When bars, shopping malls, cinema halls and other establishments are doing their business without any hindrance, why are the educational institutions being forced to shut down?” one angry parent questioned. The parents body will meet on October 15 to chalk out their future course of action.
A number of schools and colleges in the state capital, which had opened on Wednesday, closed again on Thursday following threats from TJAC activists.
Meanwhile, the governments move to break the strike by over a lakh of teachers in Telangana region failed with the teachers’ union placing seemingly impossible pre-conditions before coming to the negotiation table.