Special Correspondent

Organisations asked to send their comments on SP’s reply

VISAKHAPATNAM: Even as the stir against the reported gang-rape of 11 tribal women in Vakapalli village in the Visakhapatnam district is spreading in the State like wildfire, Superintendent of Police (rural) Akun Sabbarwal has termed the allegation “false” and the complaint filed by Andhra Pradesh Mahila Samakhya (APMS) before the SHRC “appears to be highly motivated.”

In fact, the SP who had on Tuesday sent his reply to the notice issued by the Andhra Pradesh State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on the issue, pointed out that the APMS led by Pasya Padma, was “a frontal organisation of the outlawed CPI (Maoist).”

SHRC Chairman Justice B. Subashan Reddy told The Hindu from Hyderabad that he had forwarded the copies of the SP’s reply to the complainants like APMS, Civil Liberties organisation of Vijayawada and a few other organisations asking them to send their comments on it by Aug.31. “We will take appropriate action based on that.” Justice Reddy added.

While the alleged rape victims claimed that they had been gang-raped by the Greyhounds (a special police force that deals with naxalites) personnel, in the SP’s two-page short reply to SHRC, copy of which was available with The Hindu, nowhere was found a mention of Greyhounds or police raid.

He said, “No police party has taken into custody any tribal girl from Vakapalli village...” While the complainant claimed that there was an incident of rape, the SP referred to them as “atrocities.” Mr. Sabbarwal outright denied existence of the girijan girls’ hostel at Vakpalli village of G.Madugula Mandal whereas complainant Padma had claimed that the tribal girls were taken into custody by the police from that hostel.

The SP’s letter to the SHRC said following the receipt of the complaint given by 11 tribal women which was forwarded to the Paderu sub-divisional police officer by the Paderu Sub-Collector, a case under Section 376(ii) (G) (rape by a government servant) of the Indian Penal Code and 3(V) of SC/ST (prevention of atrocities) Act had been registered at Paderu police station and Visakhapatnam Additional Superintendent of Police (administration) B. Ananda Rao was entrusted to investigate the case.