Two IPS officers suspended in AP

Duo responsible for cops death


Disciplinary action will be taken against them shortly, according to a government order issued here. The constable had been working as an orderly in Delhi in the house of Vivek Dube, chief of the special anti terror police force Octopus. Vivek Dube, a 1981 batch officer, and his junior Abraham Lincoln, Commandant, Special Armed Reserve Police, were placed under suspension following disciplinary proceedings against them.

Dube is the recipient of three awards, including Indian Police Medal, President’s Police Medal, for distinguished service. The constable was deputed to Delhi by Lincoln on the oral orders of Dube in violation of rules. The constable, P Muralinath, was found dead under suspicious circumstances in Madhya Pradesh on July 30 while returning to Hyderabad from Delhi where he had been sent to serve in the house of Vivek Dube’s daughter. According to his family, Muralinath was subjected to mental and verbal abuse constantly. Apart from several domestic chores, he was even made to wash toilets. He was an SC. His family approached the state human rights commission for justice.

Officials guilty

A three-man enquiry found the two officials guilty. The enquiry report recommended abolition of the orderly system, a relic of the colonial age and that it should be replaced by “helpers” who should be strictly limited to doing official work. On the recommendation of the report, Dube was asked to go on a long leave.

The GO said Dube was not empowered to make oral or written requests to any unit officers to depute orderlies at government cost. Similarly, Lincoln had no authority to depute a constable on duty outside the state. A formal enquiry will now be held and both  officers will be under suspension till the charges are proved or disproved.

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