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Top CID officer to probe violence during Jagan yatra

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 1, 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.

PTI

First Published: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 23:35
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