Andhra Pradesh

Seven police officers held in liquor scam

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Arrested police personnel allegedly have links with the syndicates

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) set up by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to inquire into the liquor syndicate scam has intensified its raids by shifting the focus to police personnel having alleged links with the syndicates.

SIT teams on Sunday arrested seven police officers working in Khammam, Warangal, Adilabad and Kurnool districts on the charges of receiving bribe from liquor syndicates as quid pro quo for allowing violations such as selling liquor at higher prices than maximum retail price (MRP) and sales beyond the allowed timings.

Ripples in dept.

The shift in the ACB's focus in the liquor scam has created ripples in the Police Department as the arrested police officers include two Officers on Special Duty (OSD), a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) and four Circle Inspectors of Police (CIs).

According to Director General of ACB D. Boopathi Babu, the arrested police officers are Ram Prasad, OSD at Kothagudem in Khammam, Veereshwar Rao, DSP waiting for posting, Ranadheer, CI at Subedari in Warangal, Vijaya Sarathi, CI at Kazipet in Warangal, B. Uma Maheshwar, OSD at Adilabad, V. Sreedhar Rao, CI of Adilabad Rural Circle and B. Gunashekar Babu, CI in Police Control Room at Kurnool.

Remanded

Ram Prasad, Veereshwar Rao and Gunashekar Babu were arrested for their alleged misdeeds while working at their previous places of posting – DSP at Mahabubabad in Warangal, DSP at Hanmakonda in Warangal and CI at Yemmiganur in Kurnool, respectively.

They were produced before the second additional special judge for ACB and were remanded to custody.

The SIT teams are learnt to have conducted searches in the houses of DSP Madanmohan Reddy, CIs Vijaya Sarathi and Ashwin, SI David Raju and three other police personnel at Warangal.

In Kurnool, they were said to have searched the house of Excise Inspector Laxminarayana. The Excise Inspector was reportedly arrested at Bangalore but the officials did not confirm it.

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