124 out of 1,370 accused arrested over poll violence violence in Andhra Pradesh

20 May,2024 07:47 PM IST |  Amaravati  |  mid-day online correspondent

They involved multitudes of miscreants brazenly rioting in two groups and pelting stones indiscriminately

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Andhra Pradesh police have arrested 124 accused persons allegedly involved in the recent election day and post-poll violence in the three districts of Palnadu, Anantapur and Tirupati on Monday, reported news agency PTI. A total of the 1,370 persons are allegedly involved in the incident.

A Special Investigation Team (SIT), headed by Inspector General of police Vineet Brijlal, formed to investigate the riots submitted a 150-page report to DGP Harish Kumar Gupta, according to which 1,152 accused persons were yet to be arrested.

"A total of 33 cases were identified...SIT sub-teams camped at the districts concerned and thoroughly reviewed the cases identified regarding investigation done so far," Brijlal said in a press release.

As per the report, the teams visited the sites of offences, interacted with investigation officers, aggrieved persons, verified physical evidence, witnesses' statements and also checked if appropriate sections of law were applied or not.

They also checked if all the incidents were registered as cases, accused persons identified and whether arrests were made or not, among others.

Of the arrested persons, 94 were served notices under CrPC Section 41 A and the SIT told the investigation officers to 'complete pending arrests at the earliest.'
According to Brijlal, many of the offences, which occurred in the Assembly constituencies of Narasaraopeta, Macherla, Gurajala, Chandragiri, Tirupati and Tadipatri in these districts were of extremely serious nature.

They involved multitudes of miscreants brazenly rioting in two groups and pelting stones indiscriminately which could have led to serious injury or even death.
Further, he observed that the SIT identified many lapses in investigation while probing these cases.

The Inspector General said special teams were formed to identify and apprehend the accused persons at the district level and added that investigation officers have been directed to file a memo in the courts concerned to add appropriate sections of law.

Andhra Pradesh went to polls on May 13 in the fourth phase.

(With inputs from PTI)

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