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There are many more deserving names other than Vyas, says Kolanukonda Sivaji
Police officials sticking to their guns
VIJAYAWADA: The controversy over naming of the newly constructed traffic control complex after slain police official K. S. Vyas continues to simmer with the city police sticking to their guns and the Congress leaders fighting for an alternative name.
Son of slain Congress MLA Vangaveeti Mohana Ranga Rao and leader of Praja Rajyam Party Radhakrishna opposed the naming of the commercial complex after Vyas, alleging that the police officer, who worked as Superintendent of Police here, had harassed his father and party supporters.
Pradesh Congress Committee secretary Kolanukonda Sivaji said that the name of the complex after Vyas was inappropriate when there were many more deserving candidates.
City Congress Committee president Pyla Sominaidu joined issue with Mr. Radhakrishna and said that the commercial complex should be named after Mohana Ranga Rao whose assassination triggered off a chain of events in the State that led to the Congress party wrenching power back from the Telugu Desam Party in the subsequent elections.
Later, Mr Sivaji in a representation to Police Commissioner Amit Garg suggested that the commercial complex be named after another police hero, Additional Superintendent of Police G. Krishna Prasad, who hailed from Machilipatnam in Krishna district. Krishna Prasad was killed while he was making a raid on a hideout of Mujahuddin-e-Islam, a Kashmiri terrorist outfit, at Bhavani Colony in Hyderabad.
Krishna Prasad's killer, Mohammad Mujeeb, was released as an act of goodwill, but he had to be arrested again after sleuths found him receiving funds for building of terror cells. The young police officer's family members were put to a great deal of trauma when his killer was released in August 2004, Mr Sivaji said.
Mr Sivaji claims that he had the tacit support of both PRP MLAs and the Minister on this issue. The police officers were apparently not in a mood to change their mind. They feel that there was no comparison between the two officials. Vyas who founded the elite Greyhounds had changed the history of law and order in the State.
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