5 cops, a DSP injured in stone-pelting at Pondugula on AP-TS border

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Tension prevailed on the Telangana-Andhra Pradesh border at Pondugula in Guntur district with hordes of the unruly mob from Hyderabad trying to cross the borders pelted stones injuring a DSP and 5 cops. One of them is said to be in serious condition in hospital.

It may be recalled that several thousands of people especially the students who were asked to vacate hostels in Hyderabad due to lockdown have rushed to the borders to cross into their home state. They were prevented by the AP police as all borders were sealed off due to the 21-days lockdown in the country. The mob who gathered at the checkpoint lost their cool and began pelting stones after entering into an argument with cops leading to the incident.

The AP police while condemning the incident alleged that it’s not appropriate on part of the people to come out on to the streets defying the lockdown and attacking policemen on duty. “After all the police are doing their job in the interests of the people. If they are allowed, they would be inflicting Coronavirus to many others in case even a single carrier exists among them”, said the SP Guntur Rural.

Meanwhile, the AP DGP Gautham Sawang clarified that the borders were sealed off following an understanding between Andhra and Telangana states to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. Yesterday the Telangana DGP Mahender Reddy issued orders to the hostel owners in Hyderabad not to force the students to vacate their hostels.

However, there was no clarification as such on the issuing of NOCs enmass by the Telangana Medical department which turned out to be the root cause of the problem. “I want to go to my native place in Andhra as I got NOC. But when I reached the border we were not allowed to cross the border even after I showed them the NOC”, said Ramakrishna, a hostel inmate in SR Nagar questioning “What for this NOC”?