SIT to submit report on election violence in Andhra Pradesh to DGP today

Team members visit violence-hit places in Palnadu, Tirupati and Anantapur districts as part of investigation, collect information from victims and eyewitnesses.
Officials of Special Investigation Team inspect various places at Sri Padmavati Mahila Visva Vidyalayam in Tirupati on Sunday as part of their probe into poll violence
Officials of Special Investigation Team inspect various places at Sri Padmavati Mahila Visva Vidyalayam in Tirupati on Sunday as part of their probe into poll violencePhoto | Madhav K

VIJAYAWADA: The two-day intensified reviewing of the cases related to election related offences reported on May 13 and 14, and the probe carried out by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by Inspector General of Police (IG) rank officer Vineet Brijlal has reportedly come to an end.

According to sources, the SIT chief is likely to submit a final report on the investigation carried out in the past two days to DGP Harish Kumar Gupta on Monday, who will submit the same to the Election Commission of India (ECI).

Divided into four teams, the 13-member SIT visited four different locations in three districts on Saturday and Sunday, where violence erupted on the day of polling (May 13) and the aftermath. As part of their investigation, the SIT officials reviewed the status of the ongoing investigation and enquired the causes of violence and persons involved in the riots.

A total of 33 cases registered in connection with the offences reported on the day of election and post-poll incidents in three districts - Palnadu, Tirupati and Anantapur - were reviewed and the SIT officials collected all the details, suggested alterations of Sections, and examined the evidence such as CCTV camera footage and others. The officials also collected statements of the victims, eyewitnesses and others.

It may be recalled that the DGP on Friday constituted the SIT following the directions of the ECI. The SIT officials launched their investigation on Saturday by visiting the violence-hit places in Palnadu, Anantapur and Tirupati.

During the two-day investigation, the SIT officials mainly focused on reviewing the cases filed in the three districts pertaining to election related offences.

Sniffer dog squad combing the surroundings of women’s university to thwart any untoward incident
Sniffer dog squad combing the surroundings of women’s university to thwart any untoward incidentPhoto | Madhav K

Speaking to TNIE, Vineet Brijlal said cases reported in the three districts were reviewed and the evidence such as CCTV camera footage was examined.

“A detailed report is being prepared, which will be submitted to the DGP on Monday. The same will be submitted to the ECI, following which action will be initiated against the errant officials, and the people responsible for the unrest in the State,” he said.

In Palnadu district, the SIT officials visited Dachepalli and Narasaraopet police stations and other places where clashes between YSRC and TDP cadres were reported on Sunday.

Another team visited Sri Padmavati Women’s University pertaining to the case of attack on TDP candidate Pulivarthi Nani and checked the records relating to the cases registered by SVU campus police. The officials also visited Kuchivaripalli and Ramireddypalli and collected information regarding the attack on polling booths.

During the visit to Narasaraopet police station, Water Resources Minister Ambati Rambabu met SIT officer Sowmyalatha and alleged that TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu was behind the violence.

On the other hand, the police conducted a cordon and search operation in Sravalyapuram and took two persons into custody as their movements were found to be suspicious.

In Tadipatri, the SIT officials inspected various locations in the town and enquired about the violence, besides examining the FIRs registered. They also visited the houses of people injured in the attacks and recorded their statements.

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