Jagan sees conspiracy behind Yerpedu tragedy

Seeing a conspiracy behind the Yerpedu truck accident in which 14 innocent villagers were killed, YSR Congress president Y.S.Jagan Mohan Reddy on Sunday demanded a comprehensive probe by the CBI into the tragedy. Accompanied by MPs V.Varaprasada Rao (Tirupati) and P.Midhun Reddy (Rajampet), former Minister Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy, MLAs K. Narayanaswamy and P.Sunil Kumar, and Srikalahasti constituency in-charge B.Madhusudhan Reddy, the YSRC chief visited Munagalapalem village and called on the next of kin of those who were killed in the accident.

Addressing the media later, Mr. Jagan Mohan Reddy saw a pattern in the way the villagers were made to run from pillar to post to lodge a complaint. First they had been asked to go to the tehsildar’s office and then to the police station concerned. The villagers did not find the tehsildar and the gates of the police station had been closed by the time they reached there. “Something is fishy. When we connect the dots, it looks more like a conspiracy than an accident,” he said.

When asked whether he had any proof, Mr. Jagan Mohan Reddy said he was not part of any investigating agency and urged the media to help unravel the facts so that the political leaders and officialdom would see the truth. Mr. Jagan Mohan Reddy said the sand mafia had been ruling the roost in Srikalahasti constituency for the last three years. The Munagalapalem villagers had opposed sand mining many times and even lodged complaints with the revenue and police authorities to no avail.

“Trucks numbering 600 had been seized in the past and later released after the involvement of political bigwigs came to light,” he alleged. “It was Chief Minister N.Chandrababu Naidu who saw sand as a valuable commodity. Be it Polavaram or Amaravati, this regime is known to make money out of everything,” the YSRC leader alleged. He also charged the police and revenue officials with being hand-in-glove with the sand mafia, and warned of intensifying the agitation if the government did not hand over the investigation to the CBI.

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Considering the possibility of the sand mafia’s involvement in the accident that claimed fifteen lives at Yerpedu in Chittoor district, AP CM Chandrababu Naidu on Sunday suspended two of his party workers involved in illegal sand mining and ordered their arrest. He also directed a senior IAS officer to inquire into the incident and suspended the Yerpedu Tahasildar. Speaking to mediapersons in New Delhi Mr. Naiudu said “Dhanunjaya Naidu and Chiranjeevi Naidu, two TDP leaders from Govindavaram village near Munagala Palem, were involved in illegal sand mining. They have been suspended and will be arrested. A senior IAS officer will be inquiring into the entire incident and the reasons that lead to it. Based on the report, action will be initiated against those responsible”.

Source : http://www.thehindu.com

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