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It all started on November 10 evening. Confirming rumours that were doing the rounds, the Nalgonda SP was transferred. And, a section of political leaders, who moved heaven and earth to get him transferred, reportedly celebrated the event.
But, the police officer was reportedly upset because he was posted as Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic), which is considered a "loop line" post. Given the threat perception from the PW, it was believed to be an unsafe posting for Mr. Viswanath.
On the next day, for inexplicable reasons, the Home Department changed its mind and made him Commandant for the APSP Battalion, Kurnool. Mr. Viswanath then thought it would provide him a good break from hectic operations. He was involved in anti-naxal operations for the last five years in Jangom, Kothagudem and Nalgonda.
"In Kurnool, it would be a 10 to 5 job and I think it would be a good break. I must plan some innovative programmes to make the Battalion a powerful force,'' he told The Hindu on Tuesday. It's true, man proposes and God disposes. The Home Department, all of a sudden, then decided to send him to Nellore as SP and he too might have felt happy. However, according to reliable sources, a section of leaders in Nellore went red with the appointment.
Like their counterparts in Nalgonda, they too grumbled over the posting, arguing that it was a bad idea in this critical (election) juncture. They won the battle and the department once again dropped the idea of sending Mr. Viswanth to Nellore.
Finally, gods blessed this God-fearing officer. He was transferred to Cuddapah as SP last night.
He received the orders and is getting ready to join the new posting. Hope there would not be any last-minute change.
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