Vijayawada: Deputy Inspector General of Police (technical service) G. Pala Raju, on Tuesday, denied the concerns raised by TDP supremo and Oppositon leader N. Chandrababu Naidu in his letter which stated that law and order was deteriorating in Andhra Pradesh. He said that the state police do not have most cases against them.

Clarifying on the NCRB- 2019 data which put AP police on the top in the country for having most number of cases registered against the police personnel, Pala Raju said that it was inaccurate data and wanted the NCRB to revised the figures.

Raju said in Volume-III of the NCRB data, the number of cases registered against police personnel in Andhra Pradesh was put at 1,681 but that the actual number of cases was 111. He said that the data published by NCRB came as a surprise for him. The data says AP is followed by Maharashtra, Assam and Madhya Pradesh.

Director General of Police D. Gautam Sawang reportedly ordered for district-wise verification of the data on the number of cases filed against the police sent to the NCRB.

The DIG said that during the verification, it was found that incorrect information was sent to the NCRB. Data from three units — Chittoor, Visakhapatnam city and Visakhapatnam Rural were sent without verification. The incorrect data furnished by the police had led to AP topping the list in terms of cases against its own personnel, he added.

The police said that charge memos would be issued to the three police units for the incorrect data. “We are preparing the documents needed to rectify the mistake which had dented the image of the state police,” Pala Raju said.

Expressing concern that the law and order situation in Andhra Pradesh wass deteriorating, Naidu sent a letter to Gautam Sawang. In the letter, Naidu appealed Sawang to take steps to restore law and order in the state by allowing the police to discharge their duties impartially and fearlessly. It is crucial to arrest the soaring rate of crimes and safeguard the fundamental rights of the people, Naidu asserted.

The senior police officer claimed that the AP police were committed to protection of each and every one in the state and dedicated wings are on the job to ensure strict implementation of law and order in the state.

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