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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Police get the whip for Khammam firing

The Chief Minister today announced suspension of the Additional Superintendent of Police, Khammam and transfer of the Superintendent of Police, Khammam, following the death of 8 persons in police firing in Mudigonda, Khammam District. The Chief Minister also ordered a judicial enquiry into the firing incident.

Reacting to the police firing in Mudigonda in Khammam District at his Camp Office today, the Chief Minister said the incident was quite unfortunate. He said he was asking the police to keep cool in spite of all provocations and agitation since the last 2 months by the two Communist Parties.

Police were keeping restraint till now. But, however today when the police were attacked with the stones and one Circle Inspector and one Sub Inspector were seriously injured and the vehicles of ACP and Addl.SP were attacked, the police reported to have opened fire. The Chief Minister said, whatever may be the reasons that led to the police firing, The judicial enquiry he ordered will look in to all the aspects in death and submit the report immediately.

The Chief Minister said following the bandth, the government also ordered APSRTC to withdraw majority of the buses from the road and only skeleton services were being run. In spite of bandth turning violent and many provocative incidents during the day the police remained calm and many places and only at Mudigonda the police open firing and causes which will be enquired in depth. The Chief Minister said he has been appealing to the CPM, CPI parties to spare the life of innocent people and not to involve them in violent provocative agitations.

The Chief Minster appealed to all political parties to help maintain peace and law and order. He reiterated that the government will provide houses to all the landless in the State and there is no need for such agitation. He once again appealed to the political parties to call off the agitation. The Chief Minister lamented that innocent lives have been lost in the firing. "Every life is very dear and precious. Their lives could have been spared. I am pained very much that some innocent people lost their lives.

Regarding ex-gratia, we will take a decision after a preliminary enquiry", he said.

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