Ten days after director general of police (DGP) V Dinesh Reddy issued orders dismissing head constable K N Giri Prasad Sarma in connection with kidnapping an officer of the rank of Superintendent of Police (SP), the Saifabad police arrested and produced him before the court here on Monday. The court sent him to judicial remand for 14 days and he was later shifted to the Chanchalguda central prison.
Sarma was attached with the Police Transport Organisation (PTO).
In the early hours on Monday, a special team of police rushed to Sarma’s house located at Dilsukhnagar and arrested him before he set out on his ‘padayatra’ to protest against corruption in the police department. Sarma had planned to visit all sections in the police departments and create awareness among the staff about the alleged corruption that takes place in the department.
What was the Hullabaloo About?
Giri Prasad was suspended on May 5 ,2012 after he alleged that his superiors were involved in illegal activities in the PTO. Angered over his suspension, he decided to make his voice heard, whatever the means be.
On September 13, Sarma “kidnapped” SP Lakshminarayana and kept him hostage for about six hours at his business establishment near Birla Mandir. He released the SP only at the intervention of the DGP, who promised to look into his demands that included reforms in the PTO and waiver of his suspension orders.
Subsequently, Dinesh Reddy ordered a probe into the issue and based on the report, ordered Sarma’s dismissal from the service on October 12. The DGP also wrote to the state government to consider taking action against SP Lakshminarayana for accepting Sarma’s invitation and going to his office. The government is likely to issue orders suspending the SP from his service.
After the kidnap drama, the Saifabad police booked cases against Sarma under sections 189 (threat of injury to a public servant), 365 (kidnapping with intent to secretly and wrongfully confining a person) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC.