Owaisi accuses police chief of colluding with TDP

April 18th, 2009 - 4:01 pm ICT by IANS  

Hyderabad, April 18 (IANS) Andhra Pradesh police chief A.K. Mohanty colluded with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) during the Lok Sabha elections from Hyderabad, Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi alleged Saturday.
Owaisi is seeking re-election from Hyderabad, which along with 21 other Lok Sabha constituencies and 154 assembly segments went to polls Thursday.

“Mohanty is director general of police but instead of monitoring the situation in all the constituencies, he went around Hyderabad constituency for one-and-half hour,” the MIM president told reporters.

“Mohanty made at least 25 calls to the TDP candidate (and editor of Urdu daily Siasat Zahid Ali Khan). I will seek the details of these calls under the Right to Information Act,” he said.

Other parties see Mohanty as an upright officer.

But the MIM last month petitioned the Election Commission not to appoint Mohanty as the police chief. The MIM accused Mohanty of being anti-Muslim.

The poll panel, however, preferred Mohanty over other officers whose names were submitted by the state government after S.S.P. Yadav was removed as police chief for publicly praising the chief minister.

Mohanty, a 1975 batch IPS officer, earlier served as the police commissioner of Hyderabad in 2005. He was transferred by the Congress government allegedly under pressure from MIM.

=-Indo-Asian News Service


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