Hyderabad: A series of agitations over Telangana issue continued to pose a challenge in 2011 for Andhra Pradesh Police which also had a tough time dealing with violent protests by villagers over setting up of thermal power plants in Srikakulam district of the state.

Violent protests, bandhs and rail and road blockades over the statehood demand affected normal life in Hyderabad and other Telangana districts though police exercised maximum restrain in dealing with the protesters.

The 'Million March' (Chalo Hyderabad programme) called by Telangana Joint Action Committee (T-JAC) in March, in particular, witnessed large-scale violence as thousands of statehood supporters broke through police barricades to reach the Tank Bund here, where they vandalised seven statues of eminent Telugu personalities and threw one uprooted statue into the Hussain Sagar lake besides attacking some politicians, police personnel and journalists.

State government employees in Telangana region struck work during the over-month long 'Sakal Janula Samme' (general strike by all sections).

The Osmania University campus here, which has turned into the nerve centre for the separate Telangana (with series of pro-Telangana protests since November 2009) movement also continued to remain hit by violence on several occasions with pro-Telangana students clashing with police.

Four persons were killed and several others were injured after police opened fire (in two separate incidents) on villagers when they clashed with police personnel while opposing construction of thermal power plants at Kakarapalli (in February) and Sompeta (in July) in Srikakulam district.

Two members of the Sathya Sai Central Trust, including R J Ratnakar (nephew of late Sathya Sai Baba), were questioned in connection with the seizure of Rs 35.5 lakh cash in a vehicle from Puttaparthi town to Bangalore on June 18. The cash was recovered a day after Sai Baba's personal chamber 'Yajur Mandir' was opened at Prashanti Nilayam in Puttaparthi and it was disclosed that it contained 98 kg of gold, 307 kg of silver, apart from Rs 11.56 crore.

Even as the CBI was probing the illegal mining case involving Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC), police seized Rs 4.95 crore from a lorry in Guntakal town (that was transported from Bellary to Hyderabad) on September 15 that allegedly belonged to the mining firm's Managing Director B V Srinivas Reddy, who was arrested by the central agency.

Senior IPS officer Umesh Kumar was booked in a criminal case pertaining to alleged forgery of signature of a Rajya Sabha MP with the help of a former journalist and for levelling allegations against Andhra Pradesh DGP V Dinesh Reddy. Following the incident Umesh Kumar, who was additional director general of the Anti Corruption Bureau, was subsequently transferred to the Godavari Valley Authority as its chairman in September.

Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) legislator Akbaruddin Owaisi, had a miraculous escape after a group of 10 assailants attacked him on April 30 with sharp weapons and firearms near the party office at Barkas locality under Chandrayangutta assembly constituency. Police arrested 13 people including prime suspect Mohammad Pahalwan.

Police in May lodged a case against Pune-based businessman Hasan Ali and four others for allegedly stealing antiques belonging to the erstwhile Nizams of the princely state of Hyderabad. The alleged offence occurred at Salar Jung Museum here, the third largest museum in the country during 1992.

A Hyderabad court in November issued a prisoners transit warrant against Ali, who is also facing charges of money laundering and tax evasion in a case filed by ED in connection with a case in which he is accused of procuring a fake passport from Hyderabad.

A faction leader from Anantapur district in Rayalaseema region of Andhra Pradesh Maddelacheruvu Suryanarayana Reddy, and the prime accused in the murder of TDP MLA Paritala Ravi, was shot dead in his car in Yousufguda here in January. Though police arrested four persons in this connection, Reddy's close aide and prime accused K Bhanu Kiran continues to be at large.

Telugu film producer Singanamala Ramesh Babu, who was on the run, was nabbed by CID from Chennai in June in connection with a case for allegedly threatening a woman to whom he owed Rs 14.69 crore. Another producer Ch Kalyan was also nabbed in connection with a cheating regarding DVD and VCD rights of a Telugu film.

Cyberabad Police in January arrested Abdul Latif alias Ayub, an operative of Manipur's banned People's United Liberation Front while he allegedly was trying to raise funds for procuring arms and ammunition for his group.

Police also busted several drug rackets and arrested among foreign nationals particularly Nigerians, besides a Telugu film producer Murali, in February.

Budding cricketer Mohammad Ayazuddin, son of Congress MP and former Team India skipper Mohammad Azharuddin, along with his cousin Ajmal-ur-Rahman (16), were killed in a high-speed bike road accident on the outskirts of Hyderabad in September.

G Shirish Bharadwaj, son-in-law of actor-turned-politician Chiranjeevi, who is facing a dowry harassment case surrendered before a court here in August. Chiranjeevi's daughter K Srija had filed a complaint against him and mother-in-law Suryamangala alleging harassment and ill-treatment for additional dowry of Rs 50 lakh.

(Agencies)