Visakhapatnam: In a shocking turn of events in the decade-old Vakapalle gang rape case, Reserve inspector of Armed Reserve Police told Visakhapatnam SC ST (POA) Act Special Court here on Tuesday that they were unable to trace the duty roster.

It may be recalled that the Special Public Prosecutor S Rajendra Prasad had sought for Registers from the Paderu Police Station and the Armed Reserve for information about the deployment of the special police party in August 2007, the month in which the Greyhound police personnel allegedly raped the tribal women in Vakapalle in the Visakhapatnam agency.

Judge OV Nageswar Rao of the Special Court asked the Reserve Inspector about why he was unable to produce these Registers which should be mandatorily maintained in each and every police station including the Armed Reserve. The Judge added that if the Registers are destroyed, they should at least produce the destroyed Register.

The Special Public Prosecutor submitted to the Court that three months have passed and yet the concerned police have not produced the Registers or the Destruction Register. He also reminded the Court that Nagi Reddy report was also not produced before this Court. He wondered whether these documents and Registers are genuinely not

traced or if they are deliberately not being produced. The Special Public Prosecutor concluded that if the police do not make their stand clear, he would be constrained to ask the Court to initiate criminal proceedings under S 349 CrPC against the witnesses for not obeying the Court’s summons to produce the documents.

The Judge has given February 4 as the last date for the production of Registers.

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