Staff Reporter

Kakinada: Collector Gopalakrishna Dwivedi on Wednesday exhorted the police officers to take personal interest in preventing atrocities on Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) and in delivering justice to them under the SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. He called for speedy investigation into the cases related to atrocities on SCs and STs.

Addressing a review meeting on the progress achieved in SC, ST atrocities cases by the Police Department, Mr. Dwivedi said information about such cases have to be furnished to him regularly with specific reference to action taken against the accused persons. The police were supposed to register cases with accurate data list and in accordance with the guidelines lest they should fail to strengthen their arguments in courts.

Superintendent of Police Y. Nagi Reddy said efforts were on to expedite the investigations into cases of atrocities on SCs and STs. Steps were taken for submitting investigation reports in the Collector’s office within five days of filing of charge-sheets. Awareness was being spread in the rural areas with the help of voluntary organisations.

Rajya Sabha member T. Ratnabai, MLAs – N. Sesha Reddy and Satyanarayana Reddy, DRO M. Mohan Raju and others were present.

Surprise visit

Kakinada RDO G.C. Kishore Kumar has said it is mandatory for farmers to obtain licences for selling their produce in ‘rythu bazars’.

Lists of farmers were being prepared (90 per cent of the work has already been completed) to undertake verification after which necessary action would be taken against unscrupulous traders, he said during a surprise visit to ‘rythu bazar’ at Gandhi Nagar here on Wednesday.

On the occasion, Mr. Kumar said licences of those selling vegetables bought by them from wholesale markets would be cancelled. The farmers were supposed to take licences failing which they would be evicted from ‘rythu bazars’.