TAMIL NADU

CID for closure of cases against police

KARIMNAGAR, DEC. 27. The CID, which is investigating the incident of police personnel going on the rampage in Karimnagar district following the transfer of the then Superintendent of Police, C. Umesh Chandra, from Karimnagar, has submitted its final report for closing the cases registered against the police personnel involved in the incident.

The district police personnel went berserk in the district headquarters and Peddapalli, Gambhiraopeta and Kataram and other places of the district on the night of April 19, 1998, following the transfer of Umesh Chandra. Hundreds of police personnel and others took out a massive procession in the town and attacked civilians in protest against the transfer of the SP. The police personnel wielding lathies and weapons entered the bus station and attacked passengers and also gatecrashed into the bus depots and stoned several buses and thrashed RTC employees, it was said.

The police personnel entered a cinema hall and chased the viewers. They also entered a function hall and scared the marriage party, making the people run helter-skelter. They also entered a local daily newspaper office and ransacked the office, it was said.

Following protests from people, the Chief Minister, Mr N. Chandrababu Naidu, the then Home Minister, A Madhava Reddy, and the DGP, Mr. H. J. Dora, rushed to the town. For the first time, an IPS officer, Umesh Chandra, was suspended by the State Government in connection with the incident and the Chief Minister constituted the Justice Panduranga Rao Commission to inquire into the incident.

The State Government also ordered the CID to investigate the case. Though 20 cases were registered in the district, chargesheets were filed in only nine cases including six from Peddapalli, one each from Gambhiraopeta, Kataram and Karimnagar town, according to reliable sources.

The Karimnagar CID, which is probing three cases, submitted final reports for closure of two cases, which are attack on RTC bus depots and Nataraj theatre complex buildings, following lack of evidences. In the crime number 112\98, that is, attack on RTC depots, 28 police personnel were accused and in the crime 118\98, 26 police personnel were involved. The CID filed chargesheet for crime number 113\98, attack on a local newspaper office, which involved 14 police personnel, including an RI. The case was booked under Sections IPC 34, 427 and 448.

Following the investigating agency filing final reports for closing the cases, the court would serve notices to complainant to file objections, if any, for reopening or closing the cases.