Staff Reporter

Jana inaugurates Nagarampalem police station

Says Guntur will have 2nd urban police district

GUNTUR: Police stations will have the services of legal experts at their disposal in dealing with land disputes, Home Minister K. Jana Reddy has said. To begin with, a police officer in the rank of Commissioner will be appointed in Hyderabad to exclusively deal with cases related to land disputes, he told reporters here after inaugurating the newly constructed Nagarampalem police station on Friday.

Replying to a query on how the police were dealing with increasing cases involving land disputes, he said that when a complaint of this nature was recorded, the police would first verify the owner of the possession certificate and ensure temporary protection to the disputed land. However, the issue of ownership of land would have to be sorted in the courts itself, he pointed out. He said that Guntur would have the second urban police district after Tirupati, and efforts were on to upgrade the police stations and increase the staff strength. With the government giving its nod to fill 16,000 vacancies in APSP, SPF and jail departments, the staff crunch would be answered soon, he said.

Ayesha case

Replying to a barrage of questions over the delay in investigation into the murder of Ayesha Meera at Ibrahimpatnam, he reiterated that investigations had been hampered by political interference. “We have even arrested the son of K. Kesava Rao, who was an accused in a murder case. Mr. Rao later relinquished his PCC post. Do you need more proof of our transparency?” he shot back. He said that investigations into certain mysterious cases do take time and felt that unnecessary attention had been given to this particular case. MP Rayapati Sambasiva Rao, district Collector B. Venkatesham, IG Satyanarayanan and SP Mahesh Chandra Laddha were present.