Special Correspondent

VISAKHAPATNAM: District Revenue Officer S. Satyanarayana on Wednesday conducted magisterial inquiry into the October 20 encounter near Rushikonda in which a local businessman B. Veerabrahmam and his driver M. Anil Kumar were killed. Both were accused of kidnapping and murdering an officer of State Bank of Indore.

Police presence was conspicuous at the Collectorate, where the inquiry was held, and members of Mytri Sanghams of some city police stations and a group of women headed by the husband of a corporator came to the inquiry and supported the police action. The trade union representing bank officers also did not find fault with the police. While these opinions were expressed in the press releases issued by these organisations after they deposed before the inquiry officer, Mr. Satyanarayana did not allow the police or the press into the Collectorate conference hall, the venue. However, human rights, woman, civil rights and peoples’ organisations asserted that the police were at fault and wanted the case investigated by an organisation not connected with the police. Wife of Anil Kumar, Bharati, and sons Durga Prasad and Chinna, and brothers of Veerabrahmam, Brahmayya and Brahmanandam also attended while Veerabrahmam’s wife Vasavi sent a representation to the DRO. All the 12 persons who were issued summons attended the inquiry and seven organisations also submitted their opinions and observations. Mr. Satyanarayana examined Inspector T.M.S. Prakash and Sub-Inspector K. Ananda Reddy who shot dead the two persons in the encounter, along with five persons from Rushikonda who were witnesses to the inquest conducted by RDO and three auto drivers. VS Krishna (HRF), K. Padma (Mahila Chetana), T. Sreerama Murthy (APCLC), Lalita (Stree Shakti) and others said that it was not an encounter but a deliberate murder committed by the police.

Probationary Deputy Collector Prashanti, Collectorate Administrative Officer Visveswara Naidu assisted Mr. Satyanarayana.