Shake up in police department imminent after June 12

Officers including those holding the ranks of Director General, Additional Director General are trying to meet Naidu on the pretext of greeting him on his landslide victory in the elections.
Activity outside TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidus residence at Undavalli.
Activity outside TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidus residence at Undavalli.Photo | Express

VIJAYAWADA: IPS officers are queuing up before TDP supremo N Chandrababu Nadu’s Undavalli residence to lobby for plum postings after the TDP steam-rolled to power in Andhra Pradesh in the Assembly elections.

The officers include those holding the ranks of Director General, Additional Director General and others. They are trying to meet Naidu on the pretext of greeting him on his landslide victory in the elections.

DGP Harish Kumar Gupta, APSRTC MD Ch Dwaraka Tirumala Rao, retired IPS officer AB Venkateswara Rao and former DGP RP Thakur were among those who met Naidu at his camp office a day after the TDP-led NDA created an electoral tsunami in the State.

According to sources, the meeting with Harish Kumar Gupta, who was appointed by the Election Commission of India as a DGP a week before the elections, was a very short one. On the other hand, Naidu reportedly gave ample time for Rao and discussed various issues, including previous incidents pertaining to his suspension in the YSRC regime.

Rao and Thakur may get prominent postings such as Officer on Special Duty and government advisor, considering their experience and loyalty to Naidu. It is also learnt that the duo were in Naidu’s residence for the past two days, and looking after the police affairs personally.

On Thursday, suspended Intelligence chief PSR Anjaneyulu, CID’s SIT head Kolli Raghurami Reddy, and CID chief N Sanjay went to Naidu’s residence, but were denied an audience. It is more than likely that Naidu would go in for total catharsis of the entire police department soon after he takes over as the Chief Minister on June 12.

Activity outside TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidus residence at Undavalli.
Activity outside TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidus residence at Undavalli.Photo | Express

“Tirumala Rao is in the race for the DGP post. Other senior IPS officers like N Balasubramanyam and Shanka Bratha Bagchi have bright chances of landing the Intelligence chief’s post. Tirumala Rao is the only officer who is eligible for the coveted post. However, a final decision will be taken soon after Naidu takes oath as the CM,” said the sources.

Meanwhile, a few IPS officers of the rank of IG and SPs who foisted cases and created trouble to TDP leaders, including Naidu and his son Lokesh, on the directions of former CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and other YSRCP leaders, are worried about their future.

The TDP supremo himself and his son said several times that such officers will face music after the TDP comes to power. On several occasions, Lokesh reeled off the names of officers who acted against them, and said they were in the ‘Red Book’.

Raghurami Reddy was the officer who is responsible for the arrest of Naidu in the AP State Skill Development Corporation scam case, and for creating trouble for Lokesh during that period. “Former CID chief PV Sunil Kumar, present CID chief Sanjay, SIT head Raghurami Reddy, SP Rishanth Reddy, and several other SPs had created trouble for TDP leaders intentionally, and violated rules only to be in the good books of YSRC leaders. Now, all of them will have to face the consequences of their actions,” said a senior IPS officer on the condition of anonymity.

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