2 Andhra Pradesh DSPs helped sanders smugglers, finds probe

CM Chandrababu Naidu tells officials to be alert
Hyderabad: A nexus between smugglers of red sanders and former chief of Task Force G. Uday Kumar and Rajampet DSP G.V. Ramana has been exposed in a probe conducted by top police officials.
Andhra Pradesh DG J.V. Ramudu has suspended the two DSPs after an inquiry found that the two accepted bribes from smugglers. The accused allegedly connived with the smugglers and provided safe passage to them.
Mr Uday Kumar apparently got regular mamools from the smugglers and many smugglers who have been arrested have confessed this to the investigating officials. Meanwhile Mr Ramana allegedly deleted smuggler Gangireddy’s uncle’s name when he caught a lorry with red sanders stock worth Rs 1 crore in Rajampet of Kadapa district, and delayed the FIR registration.
Adviser to AP government Parakala Prabhakar said, “There is strong evidence against the two officers for their involvement in illegal activities including smuggling of red sanders. The evidence also points to officers accepting bribes from those involved in criminal cases. The evidence shows that Uday Kumar, during his tenure, had received huge bribes from smugglers every month. These smugglers came from neighbouring states and other Rayala-seema districts.”
He added, “The government also has proof that G.V. Ramana accepted bribes from people involved in criminal charges. It has been found that he has facilitated easy passage of red sanders smugglers without any checks.”
Mr Prabhakar added that Chief Minister N. Chandra-babu Naidu had directed officials to take stringent action against those found guilty. “Over 1,000 persons have been arrested for their involvement in smuggling,” said Mr Prabhakar. He also requested people to help the government in identifying officials and leaders involved.
( Source : dc correspondent )
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