Staff Reporter

BJP, CPI(M) workers block roads, burn effigies

  • Withdrawing of an MLA's gunman had triggered the issue
  • BJP flays increasing political interference in administration

    TIRUPATI: After making a number of rounds for some time, the talk of the transfer of Chittoor Superintendent of Police, Charu Sinha, is thick in the air again.

    It may be recalled that six MLAs of the ruling Congress had taken cudgels against Ms. Sinha, expressing resentment over what they called her `unilateral functioning' vis-à-vis deployment of gunmen to the legislators.

    While a gunman of Piler MLA P. Ramachandra Reddy was withdrawn for his `objectionable role' during the recent local body polls, five more MLAs raised a banner of revolt and wanted to retain the gunmen of `their choice'. The talk of her transfer started assuming new dimensions since then and reached a flashpoint on Monday.

    The Bharatiya Janata Party and the CPI(M) were quick to react, blocking the road and burning effigies of the Government in Tirupati on Tuesday.

    CPI(M) activists burnt an effigy near Municipal park. District secretary K. Murali felt that the MLAs' attitude amounted to `avoidable intrusion' into her domain of administration. CPI(M) is planning to hold a roundtable meet on the issue at its office here on Wednesday with intellectuals, academicians and all-party representatives.

    The BJP activists held a dharna at Nalugukalla mandapam and sought to know the reasons behind the plan to transfer Ms.Sinha, who assumed charge just three months ago.

    The Women's Initiatives (WINS), a voluntary organisation working on women's rights, will run a signature campaign on Wednesday to mobilise public opinion on the transfer of Ms. Sinha.

    WINS secretary, R. Meera and Director-Advocacy, S.V. Sreeram recalled Ms. Sinha's pivotal role in redressing grievances of 86 women and children living with HIV and noted that she revealed the `human face' of the police.