Naidu to Modi: withdraw NIA probe into attack on Jagan

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu today has strongly protested against Centre’s act of transferring the case of attack on Leader of Opposition YS Jagan Mohan Reddy to NIA. In a protest letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi he has questioned the basis of the decision and accused that it was nothing but center’s interference into autonomy of state’s powers with regard to law and order.

He wondered that how a normal law and order issue was transferred to an anti-terror agency without hearing out the objections called by the state government. He lamented that it will just bring down the autonomy and sanctity of every institution.

“By setting up the NIA probe, the Central government now obviously wants to take upon itself the responsibility of fighting terror by sidetracking the states,” Naidu said in the letter.

Recalling that Jagan Mohan Reddy even didn’t given complaint to the state police and refused to cooperate with the police in investigation, Chief Minister asked Prime Minister how can the center oblige with such a leader who didn’t have any trust with law and order establishment.

It may be recalled that the YSRCP chief Jaganmohan Reddy was attacked at the Vishakapatnam airport in October 2018. The accused, a worker at the airport canteen, attacked Reddy with a knife while he was waiting to board a flight to Hyderabad.

The attacker, Srinivas Rao, was taken into custody immediately by the state police for investigation. A Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted by the state government said that the attack was a publicity stunt by the accused and did not intend to kill Reddy.

Though the incident was happened in the premises of the airport, that governed by the central government, Naidu asserted that with regard to law and order issue, the premises come under the purview of the state police.

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