Chennai: After messing up the anti-Sterlite protests resulting in unprecedented violence and killing of dozen people in the shoot out, the state government on Wednesday shunted out district collector N. Venkatesh and district superintendent of police P. Mahendran.
The government also dispatched two top IAS officers Gagandeep Singh Bedi and P W C Dawidar to restore peace in the violence hit Pearl City of TN.
“Bedi, who is also the state agricultural secretary, has been a crisis manager for the various governments during tsunami, cyclone Thaane and flash floods in 2005 and 2015 and is good with his public relation skills. Bedi will deal with victims and visit hospitals to speed up the treatment for the injured while Dawidar, who is the state transport secretary, is a straight forward officer known for his administrative skills and he is expected to restore infrastructure and ensure that the water and food is supplied for those on relief measures,” said an informed official in the secretariat.
The decision to shunt out the collector and SP was taken last night by Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami and the shoot-out incident has personally upset the CM and his senior cabinet colleagues.
Meanwhile, state government and the Raj Bhavan also cancelled a few official functions scheduled till Wednesday....