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The Home Minister did not talk to presspersons after the meeting perhaps, in view of possible repercussions, particularly in the light of a bandh being observed tomorrow by the outlawed outfit over the killing of Ramakrishna.
The final decision, however, would be taken by the Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, who would review the matter tomorrow. It was noted that one of the five persons convicted in the Magunta Subbarami Reddy murder case had already been released. It was explained that several cases were pending against Nune Narsimha Reddy, one of the two undertrials. The meeting did not decide on other demands -- a judicial probe into fake encounters in which two SCs and four STs were killed in Guntur district, Ramakrishna, NTSZC member, in Adilabad district and Lingaswamy at Vadla Ramaram in Kurnool district, suspension of the DSP, Atmakur, Madhava Chary, (for the encounter relating to Lingaswamy) and stoppage of fake encounters and combing operations. Other demands included stoppage of raids on villages in Prakasam and Kurnool districts and on Chencus, withdrawal of cases falsely filed against the people of seven villages in Kurnool district, and five villages in Prakasam district and withdrawal of POTA cases against 13 persons throughout the State. Meanwhile, the Government asked the police to withdraw the POTA case against Konda Surekha, Congress legislator representing Sayampet in Warangal district.
The instruction is being immediately implemented, sources in the Government said here today. This is in line with the stand taken by the Telugu Desam Party at national level fearing that POTA might be used to settle political scores, victimising rivals, and seeking that it should not be invoked against elected representatives.
The sources, however, explained that the other cases booked against the woman legislator under the Indian Arms Act and different sections of IPC would continue for her alleged connections with the PW etc.
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