HYDERABAD: Nearly a month after police constable P Muralinath, who was sent to Noida to serve the family of Additional DGP Vivek Dube, died, the State government on Tuesday held the IPS officer indirectly responsible for the death and placed him under suspension pending initiation of disciplinary proceedings.
The government also suspended State Armed Reserve CPL Commandant Abraham Lincoln for deputing Muralinath on official duty by issuing a passport to Dube’s residence on his oral request. In a GO, the government said that Dube was not empowered to make such oral or written requests to any unit officers knowing that such deputation at the government’s cost was against rules.
‘‘The government has decided to initiate disciplinary proceedings against Dube who is indirectly responsible for the suspicious death of the constable and also to place him (Dube) under suspension with immediate effect pending initiation of disciplinary proceedings,’’ the GO said.
‘‘Dube shall not leave the headquarters (Hyderabad) without obtaining permission from the government,’’ the GO said. In the case of Abraham Lincoln, the government said deputing a constable on duty at government’s cost to Noida was against the rules and uncalled for. Only a DIG is authorised to depute a cop on duty outside the State. He was also held responsible for Muralinath’s death and placed under suspension.
Dube has been on a forced leave for 40 days and unconfirmed reports suggest that he is currently in Noida.
A 1981 batch IPS officer, Dube won the Indian Police Medal, President’s Police Medal and Police Pathak (Antrik Suraksha Seva Pathak) for distinguished service.
He was heading the Provisions and Logistics (P&L) wing of the AP Police and had been made the chief of anti-terror wing, Octopus.
Following the controversy, he was asked to proceed on leave and his colleague and senior IPS officer Umesh Kumar was made in-charge of P&L and Octopus. Sources said Dube was the third IPS officer from the State to have been suspended. ‘‘A chargememo will be issued to Dube and Abraham Lincoln and a formal inquiry would be ordered.
He will be under suspension till charges are proved or otherwise and this will take some time,’’ a source said.
India Express Buzz, August 26, 2009
- Back Ground for the suspension
High-level probe into Octopus driver death
Hyderabad, Aug. 3: The Chief Minister, Dr Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy, ordered a high-level probe into the death of the constable P. Muralinath who was working at the residence of the Octopus anti-terror force chief, Mr Vivek Dubey, even as the State Human Rights Commission asked for a report on the incident.
The Chief Minister expressed anger over the police continuing with the system of orderlies — posting serving personnel at the houses of officials — though it was abolished in 2005.
The home minister, Ms P. Sabita Indra Reddy, explained that though the system was abolished, there was a clause which enabled IPS officials to have orderlies under a different heading. Constables and homeguards still work as cooks, drivers and servants at the homes of many IPS officials.
The Chief Minister constituted a committee consisting of the chief secretary, the home secretary and the director-general of police to look into the Muralinath incident and the existence of the orderly system.
Dr Reddy said Mr Dubey, in whose house Muralinath was posted, and Mr Abraham Lincoln, the State Armed Reserve CPL commandant, who dispatched Muralinath, would face stringent action if they were guilty. On the system of using orderlies, the CM asked police officials in a meeting, “If IAS officers have no such facility, why should the IPS officers have it,” he said. “How can a police constable sent to the house of a police officer in some other place.”
Sources in the police department said that Mr Lincoln, an SP rank officer, has no authority to send any police personnel out of the state; only a DIG rank official has that power. Sources said two more constables are working at Mr Dubey’s at Noida. A police official said, “one is a constable from APSP and other from the central paramilitary force where Mr Dubey worked earlier was a cook in his house.” The body of the Muralinath did not arrive by Monday evening and his family, locals and dalit organisations observed a bandh in Saroornagar. They burnt the effigy of Mr Dubey and demanded his arrest. Ms Sabita Indra Reddy visited the family of Muralinath at Lingojiguda. “We can’t bring him back to life. But the government will take care of his family. All possible help will be extended to them,” she said. “The culprits however big they are will not be let off.”
The SHRC chairperson, Justice Subhashan Reddy, asked the chief secretary to file a report on the incident. Acting on a petition filed by the constable’s wife, Justice Reddy said prima facie there was violation of human rights of Kavita and her husband. Justice Reddy also asked the government for the action taken on the persons responsible for the Muralinath’s death.
Ms Kavita complained that Muralinath has been treated inhumanely by Mr Dubey and Mr Lincoln. She said that he had died at the house of Mr Dubey’s daughter in Noida, Delhi. She alleged that Muralinath had told her over the telephone that he was not being given food and water and was being made to drink his own urine. She alleged that her husband was murdered.
Why was Muralinath sent to Delhi, and under whose authority, asked the commission. “What are the circumstances leading to the death of the constable,” Justice Reddy asked. “What is the action taken by the authorities after they were informed of Muralinath’s death and why was there a delay in bringing back his body to Hyderabad handing it over to his wife.”
August 4th, 2009, Deccan Chronicle
Andhra Pradesh Human Rights Commission posts constable death case to Aug 19
Hyderabad, Aug 5 : Andhra Pradesh Human Rights Commission (APHRC) chairman Justice B Subhashan Reddy today posted the case, filed by the family members of Reserve Constable P Muralinath on his suspicious death, to August 19.
Justice Reddy expressed ‘displeasure’ over the report on the death of the Constable near New Delhi, submitted to him by the State Home Department as directed by him earlier and posted the case to August 19.
Muralinath, an Armed Reserve Constable working as a driver in the house of Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Vivek Dubey in Noida, died under suspicious circumstances near Gwalior.
He was found dead on July 30 near the railway tracks at Jaitapura.
His family members filed a case before the Commission and urged the Chairman to order a thorough enquiry into the incident.
Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy had already appointed a committee consisting of Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary (Home) and DGP to look into the death of the Constable at the residence of OCTOPUS Chief Vivek Dubey.