Andhra Pradesh transfers two cops


Hyderabad : The Andhra Pradesh government Wednesday transferred two police officials in connection with the firing on protesters after Friday's bomb blast in the city's historic Mecca Masjid.

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P. Sudhakar and E. Ramchandra Reddy, inspectors of Falaknuma and Moghalpura police stations respectively, were transferred to the control room.

Hyderabad Police Commissioner Balwinder Singh issued the orders for their transfers late in the evening.

The two officials had ordered firing on protesters, who had turned violent during the protest soon after the blast.

Pressure was mounting on the government to act against the police officials involved in the indiscriminate firing on people who were protesting after the bomb blast at the mosque.

While 11 people were killed in the blast, five died in the police firing at Moghalpura, about one kilometre from the mosque.

Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM), a powerful Muslim political party, and several other Muslim organisations had demanded suspension of four police officials and a CBI inquiry into the blast and the police firing.

MIM leader and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi expressed his dissatisfaction over mere transfers of the two inspectors. He said all the four officials should be suspended for using excessive force against the protesters.

MIM had submitted a memorandum to the state human rights commission earlier in the day demanding inquiry into the police firing.

The state government has already ordered magisterial inquiry into the police firing.