Andhra Police Constable Suspended For Criticising Chief Minister, Government

The constable used obscene language against CM Jagan Reddy, the police commissioner said.

Vijayawada:

An Armed Reserve (AR) police constable, who drove a patrolling vehicle on the National Highway, was on Friday suspended and arrested for allegedly making insulting comments against Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and the state government.

Police Commissioner of Kanthi, Rana Tata, on Friday, said the constable, identified as Tanneru Venkateshwarlu, made derogatory remarks against the chief minister, his family and the government during an interaction with a villager at a petrol pump near Gouravaram village in NTR district on January 1.

“He used obscene language and made inappropriate remarks about the government, the chief minister, and their family members. Moreover, he used words that may incite hatred and hostilities among communities,” he added.

The Chilakallu police have registered a case on the complaint of a person who took the video of the alleged incident.

“It is an offence for a responsible public servant to speak in a manner that incites enmity between two political parties,” the Commissioner said.

Chillakallu Police took the constable into remand after the Additional Judicial First Class court, Jaggaiyapet sentenced him to 14 days’ police custody.

“The said constable was suspended as part of the disciplinary action taken by the Vijayawada City Police Commissioner. The commissioner informed that strict action will be taken against anyone found inciting hatred in society despite being in a responsible job,” an official statement by the Police Commissioner officer read.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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