The Central Crime Station (CCS) of the city police had been asked to take over the investigation into the death of K. Venugopal Reddy, whose charred body was found near Tagore auditorium on Osmania University campus, Commissioner of Police, A.K. Khan said here on Thursday.

Speaking to newsmen after taking charge of office, Mr. Khan maintained that the investigation was transferred to the CCS in view of the ‘complexity of the case’. “There was progress in the probe and all facts would be brought to light soon”, Mr. Khan said. The A.P. Forensic Science Laboratory (APFSL) is currently analysing the viscera contents taken out of Venugopal Reddy and a report is awaited.

Mr. Khan maintained that people have freedom to agitate peacefully but forcing others to observe bandh would be dealt with severely. It was the responsibility of the police to investigate persons who are intimidating businessmen to observe bandh or forcing citizens to take part in agitations. He assured people that his focus would be on ensuring professional policing in the State capital.

“The complexity of the ongoing agitation has affected public life. Police would act impartially to ensure the city is peaceful,” Mr. Khan remarked. His priorities would be to control crime rates, cracking down on rowdies and easing traffic movement. His experience as Additional Commissioner of Police in the city, both in co-ordination and traffic wings -- for nearly five years would help discharge the responsibilities better, he felt.

While replying to a question, he said that there were no inputs about any threats from terrorist outfits to the ensuing Republic Day celebrations.

On the violent incident on Osmania University campus and other issues, Mr. Khan sought time to study all issues in depth before announcing his strategy. “I am not an officer for any specific section. Hyderabad Police Commissioner is Hyderabad Police Commissioner,” he curtly replied.

He was received by the Additional Commissioner, T. Krishna Raju, Joint Commissioner of Special Branch, Harish Kumar Gupta, and other senior officers at the Commissionerate office where he took the guard of honour.