Andhra Pradesh Director General of Police D. Gautam Sawang has appealed to former Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) supremo N. Chandrababu Naidu to refrain from posting letters to the media addressed to him as the missives may have unverified details.
“Kindly refrain from posting letters addressed to the undersigned (Sawang) in the media since the contents may have unverified and wrong facts which may needlessly arouse suspicion in the minds of the public at large and cast aspersions,” said Sawang.
However, he offered Naidu the opportunity of writing to him in private to help police discharge their lawful duties.
“You may kindly write to me in a sealed cover and help the police in discharging their lawful duties and protecting the rights of people at large, thereby maintaining and enforcing the rule of law,” he said.
The DGP was replying to Naidu’s Sunday letter to him, in which the TDP supremo claimed that an attack on a person called Ramachandra in Chittoor district was planned and sponsored by the ruling YSRCP, aimed at curbing the dissent of his brother and suspended Judge Ramakrishna.
Referring to the alleged attack, Sawang said a case was registered and the facts were explained to Naidu.
On Sunday, around 4.30 p.m., Ramachandra went to buy fruits at a vegetable market in B. Kothakota. While he was buying fruits, Pratap Reddy from Narayanapalli passed by in a car along with three other persons.
“A verbal altercation ensued between a push cart vendor and Reddy over the former blocking the path of his car. It was then that Ramachandra, brother of suspended Judge Ramakrishna, who was in an inebriated condition entered into a verbal duel,” said the DGP.
The argument quickly aggravated into a scuffle, prompting the bystanders to intervene and separate them and later shifting Ramachandra to a community health centre, where the medical officer noted that the judge’s brother was inebriated.
As Ramachandra suffered an abrasion on his nose, he was referred to the district hospital in Madanapalle for further treatment.
“On the basis of the statement given by Ramachandra, a case under Section 34 IPC and SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act was registered at B. Kothakota. The investigation was immediately taken up by SDPO, Madanapalle,” said the DGP.
Based on eyewitness accounts and video footage, Sawang said Ramachandra was injured in the scuffle with Reddy which occurred due to sudden provocation.
“It is also established that Reddy is a staunch follower of the TDP. Keeping the above facts, Reddy was arrested earlier on Monday,” he asserted.
The top cop reiterated that the police department functions in accordance with the law and goes by the facts of the matter and is committed to protecting the constitutional and legal rights of the citizens guaranteed by the Constitution of India and other statutory laws.