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ACP made ‘unpleasant’ remark, says report

Biju Govind

Kozhikode: Kozikode City Commissioner of Police S. Sreejith, who inquired into the charge that Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) C.M. Pradeepkumar had made an ‘unpleasant’ remark over his wireless handset on All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary Rahul Gandhi, has found that the officer had indeed passed such a comment.

Mr. Sreejith submitted a detailed report to Inspector-General of Police (Kannur zone) Tomin J. Thachankery in this regard on Wednesday. Additional Director-General of Police (North zone) Mahesh Kumar Singla had asked for an inquiry on October 8. The Commissioner was given two weeks to submit the report. It is reliably learnt that the Commissioner obtained clinching evidence that Mr. Pradeepkumar had passed a comment “Aa changatheeda location evida?” (Where is that guy now?) when Mr. Gandhi went on an unscheduled visit to a city-restaurant around 9.30 p.m. on October 7. His statements were recorded in two logbooks of the Police Department.

However, there was no evidence of the officer making any other comments as reported in a section of the media. The remarks of the ACP, who was given charge of the security arrangements for Mr. Gandhi’s visit, had generated a controversy after national television channels took up the issue.

The Commissioner had been asked to inquire into four aspects: whether the wireless message showed the Police Department in poor light, whether it was derogatory to the VVIP; whether the remark was unbecoming of a senior police officer, and whether the communication amounted to breach of the wireless code. The inquiry report, it is learnt, pointed out that the remark over the wireless set, generally a casual one, was certainly not befitting the etiquette of a police officer.

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