Cops’ families hold dharna
The spouses and children of constables of the Andhra PradeshSpecial Police (APSP) VIII Battalion at Kondapur in the city today called off their two-day old dharna following an assurance by the government to address their demands, including scrapping ofconstable duties in interior areas.
The recent death of an APSP constable in East Godavari districttriggered the protest. Posted the forests of Rampachodavaram, Phani Kumar died after allegedly being denied leave. The agitation also spread to other battalions of 5th APSP battalion in Chintalavalasa (Vizianagaram District) and 13th APSP at Gudipeta in Adilabad district , where spouses of APSP constables picketed in front of the APSP office demanding posting of their husbands (cops) at their respective ranges and sanction of leave for their husbands. A similar situation prevailed in the case of the other APSP battalion offices located at Kadapa and Nalgonda districts in the state. Mild tension prevailed at Vizianagaram and Kadapa APSP battalion offices when the spouses resorted rasta roko demanding an apology from civil police officers who criticised their agitation. Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh Home Minister Ms Sabitha Indra Reddy has stated that the government was making all efforts to address the problems being faced by constables working in the battalions of Andhra Pradesh Special Police in the State. Talking to news persons here, she said that the Home department would convene a meeting of all Director Generals of APSP battalions tomorrow to address the problems of lower staff.
Stating that the department would resolve the issue within a week, she appealed to the wives of constables to withdraw their agitation immediately.
Ms Reddy said the government would take a decision on granting leave to constables working in battalions and might change the rules relating to working conditions.
Responding to the allegations that 8th battalion commandant Ramesh Naidu was seeking bribes to sanction leave fromconstables, she said the government would order