The State government will soon take a decision on handing over to the CBI the probe into the recent death of a youth who was shot dead reportedly by the Anti-Naxal Force (ANF) at Tanikodu check-post on the Sringeri-Karkala Road.
Talking to reporters here on Tuesday, Home Minister K J George said the preliminary report by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to ascertain what led to the death of Kabeer (24), a resident of Krishnapura in Mangalore, was expected within two days.
Even a magisterial inquiry report was expected soon. After the receipt of the reports, the government would take a call on handing over the case to CBI for further investigation, he said.
Former union minister B Janardhan Poojary’s demand for a CBI probe was being considered by the government, the minister said.
“I will discuss with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah after studying the inquiry report”, he added.
The minister opined that the morale of the State police would be hurt if this case was referred to the CBI as they were equally competent to probe such incidents.
A clear picture would emerge in three to four days, he said adding that the government would not hesitate to entrust further probe to CBI”.
On the death of police sub-inspector Mallikarjun Bande of Gulbarga in a shootout recently, George said a final inquiry report was expected in 15 days.
Asked about the alleged involvement of some police personnel in usurping hawala money while it was being transported in a bus in Mysore recently, the minister said it was being probed by the CID.
He said as many as 22,000 sanctioned posts were vacant in the State police due to the “failure” of his predecessor, R Ashok to fill them.
The current government has decided to recruit 836 police sub-inspectors in the next three years of which 375 PSIs would be appointed this year.
Besides, 8,500 police constables would also be recruited soon. Several suggestions have come to strengthen the CID and they would be discussed at the next meeting, he said.