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Their names have been put in the ‘Vacancy Reserve’ slot pending release of fresh posting orders

Action attributed to their ‘failure’ to check chaos

Their replacements likely to be announced today

TIRUPATI: The reported failure on the part of the police to check the ruckus at the function where Chief Minister K. Rosaiah had unveiled the statue of former Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy resulted in the rolling of four heads in the Tirupati police set-up on Monday.

Orders were issued today in less than a day after the incident shifting Tirupati (Urban) Circle Inspector Sudhakar Reddy and Sub-Inspectors heading Tirupati (East) Jaganmohan Reddy, Tirupati (West) Saratchandra and M.R. Palle police stations Chandrasekhar. Sources said that names of all the four incumbents were put in the ‘Vacancy Reserve’ slot pending release of fresh posting orders. Their replacements were expected to be announced on Tuesday.

The abrupt shifting of the four incumbents was said to be sequel to their reported ‘failure’ to check the chaos at the function, though the demonstrators anchored themselves at the venue an hour before the arrival of the Chief Minister, APCC president D. Srinivas and four Cabinet Ministers and kept shouting full-throated slogans amid waving of placards.

Sources said the Chief Minister, who had to leave the function in a huff, irked over the ‘unpleasantness’ created by the group believed to be followers Kadapa MP Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy, had taken the issue seriously.

In fact before leaving the venue, he made no secret of his displeasure over the ‘disorderly behaviour’ of the rival group and asked them whether it was the manner in which they should show their respect to the late Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy when his statue was being unveiled.

Scapegoats

Meanwhile, TUDA Chairman Chevireddi Bhaskar Reddy and other party leaders who were said to have been behind the demonstrations on Sunday, at a press meet today criticised the police top-brass for making the four police officers ‘scapegoats’, though they were in no way responsible for the incident. They said the ‘Praja Rajyam Congress leaders’ – referring to TTD Board Chairman D.K. Adikesavulu and former Tirupati MLA M. Venkatramana -- were misleading the Chief Minister.

They also denied having shouted the slogan, ‘DS Go Back’ at the function and said they would never do it to as Mr. D Srinivas was close to their leader YSR.