Dismiss Andhra government: Naidu

Hyderabad, Jan 26 | Updated: Jan 27 2005, 05:30am hrs
Dissatisfied with the Andhra Pradesh governments decision to hand over the Paritala Ravi murder case to CBI, Telegu Desam Party (TDP) reiterated its stand for a judicial probe by a high court or Supreme Court sitting judge on Wednesday. It also demanded the resignation of YS Rajasekhar Reddys cabinet to ensure an impartial probe.

Reddy has a single-point programme of eliminating strong political rivals and has been successfully concentrating on it since he took rein of the state, TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu told mediapersons here.

Claiming that Ravis murder was a planned conspiracy, he alleged, this must by the handiwork of a professional, and expressed his doubts over some policemen attached to Kurnool battalion.

Mr Naidu recalled Ravi had told him that some policemen, attached to Kurnool battalion, who allegedly had killed three other faction leaders in Anantapur district in the past, may eliminate him.

Now our enquiries have revealed that some policemen were on leave from this battalion, he said. A thorough and impartial probe would unearth the conspiracy behind the murder, he added.

He said, We have demanded fool-proof security for some of our leaders who were either on the hit-list or under threat from various quarters. When asked to name the leaders, he, however, parried the question, saying, We will come back soon with all the evidence.

Mr Naidu alleged his party believed there was an understanding between the police and the government in eliminating political rivals.

This is a dangerious trend. Dr Reddy himself being a faction leader, cannot rule the state and if he is not dismissed from the government, the state would plunge into chaos very soon, he said.

Demanding that the Union government should take up the entire process of investigation into the murder of Ravi, the former Andhra Pradesh chief minister said, We have no faith in the present government.

Mr Reddy, however, denied the TDP allegations and said his government would act impartially in dealing with the murder case which would also be referred to the judicial commission appointed to look at faction killings.