Top CID officer to probe violence during Jagan yatra
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Last Updated: Tuesday, June 01, 2010, 23:35
Hyderabad: A senior officer of Andhra Pradesh CID will probe into the circumstances that led to the violence in Mahbubabad town in Warangal district during the 'Odarpu yatra' of Congress MP Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, in which 24 people were injured last week.

Additional DGP A Sivanarayana of CID has already left for Warangal and he will inquire into the firing and the violent incident at Mahbubabad, Andhra Pradesh Director General of Police R R Girish Kumar told reporters here today.

During the violence at Mahbubabad railway station on May 28, nine Telangana statehood supporters suffered bullet injuries after personal security officers of two Congress legislators fired on them.

Besides, eight policemen and seven civilians were also injured in stone-pelting during the group clash between pro- Telangana activists and followers of Jagan.

"Certainly we will get (investigate) into all angles apart from the TV angle which showed the gunmen firing on the mob. We are sending our own officers to verify on deployment of forces, how the forces acted, deficiency on their part if any, besides to probe the firing incident," the top cop said.

A detailed report on the Mahbubabad incident is likely to be submitted in the next three-four days, he said, adding "I would like to make it clear that, taking note of the circumstances (risk), Jagan was taken into preventive custody."

Refuting reports in a section of media that there was failure on part of the police to check the violence, the DGP said the police took all possible precautionary measures to ensure that Jagan's 'Odarpu yatra' goes off peacefully.

Adequate police forces were deployed en route to Mahbubabad, Kumar said, adding "We were aware of security scenario and also explained Jagan on the situation. Under no circumstances we wanted him (Jagan) to endanger his life."

"Despite adequate security...the mob became very violent and the pelting of stones and firing happened within a matter of 10-15 minutes and there was a lot of tension. But, we moved the Congress legislators to safer place from the station," the state police chief said.

Following the violence, Jagan was taken into preventive custody and brought back to Hyderabad, he said.

Meanwhile, Warangal district police have registered seven cases against 11 persons, belonging to the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), Congress and Telangana Joint Action Committee members, in connection with the Mahbubbabad incident.

The weapons of the personal security officers of the two Congress leaders were also confiscated and it was revealed that they used 93 rounds during the firing.


First Published: Tuesday, June 01, 2010, 23:35

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