HYDERABAD: In view of criticism of the torture of innocent Muslims in the name of investigations into terror attacks, Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy on Tuesday asked the police to exercise restraint while investigating such sensitive cases.
‘‘You have to be more cautious in such matters,’’ Reddy said at the parade at the ‘‘Police Martyrs’ Memorial’’ in the city today to mark Police Commemoration Day.
Efforts to create communal differences had failed, with the people closing ranks in times of crisis, the chief minister maintained.
YSR said pole also had a role to play in keeping youth from taking the wrong path.
Various schemes initiated by the Government had drawn youngsters away from Naxalism, he claimed.
YSRAJASEKHARA REDDY d homage to the 40 police personnel who lost their lives in the line of duty over the past one year. Of these, 32 were Greyhounds personnel who died in the ambush by Maoists at Balimela in June.
The parade also commemorated 684 policemen slain across the country.
To strengthen the force in the State, the Government had decided to recruit 37,000 men and one-third of these would be inducted shortly, Rajasekhara Reddy said.
Speaking on the occasion, Home Minister K Jana Reddy said the Government was creating a special force to deal with terror. Violence by Leftwing ‘‘extremists’’ could not be allowed to ‘‘destablise’’ the democratic government because development required law and order.
Director-General of Police S S P Yadav said the welfare schemes initiated by the government for the police personnel were being emulated by other States also.
Contingents of AP Special Police, city armed reserve, traffic police and mounted police participated in the parade.
Rajasekhara Reddy released a book on the ‘‘Police Martyrs’’ on the occasion.