Staff Reporter

VIJAYAWADA: The suspension of Commissioner of Police K.V. Rajendranath Reddy and five other police officials in connection with the disappearance of MP Lagadapati Rajagopal from the Government General Hospital was widely condemned by different organisations and people on Tuesday.

Resentment is brewing even within the police personnel, as evident from the sporting of black badges by all of them while discharging duties during the day. Many of them felt that that the government had made the Commissioner and other police officials scapegoat in the entire episode. The mood among the police officials being sullen, Eluru Range DIG Mahesh Bhagawat, who was given the additional charge of commissionerate, took charge on a low-key manner.

At a press conference, convener of the Joint Action Committee for Unified Andhra Pradesh Kolanukonda Sivaji demanded that the State government withdraw the suspension orders with immediate effect. “The government’s action is intended to satisfy the egos of a few Telangana leaders. For this, the government has resorted to hurting the sentiments of the people of Andhra region,” he said. Referring to the protests staged by the students of Osmania University and Kakatiya University during the recent agitation demanding statehood to Telangana, Mr. Sivaji sought to know why the government did not take any action against the police officials concerned for failing to control the mobs.