The CID and Srikakulam police wing formed six special teams to trace former MPP of Vangara, Botcha Vasudeva Naidu and a local leader Avula Srinivasa Rao in connection with the attack on Dalits in Lakshmipet village on June 12.
As many as five Dalits were killed and around 20 persons were injured in the assault.
Owing to pressure from all quarters and Dalit outfits on the government, the CID officials conducted a thorough inquiry in Rajam, Lakshmipet and other places. Addressing a media conference in Srikakulam on Tuesday, CID Additional Director General S. Gopala Reddy, CID Inspector General N. Chandra Mouli and Srikakulam Superintendent of Police K.V.V. Gopala Rao said 54 persons out of 64 accused in the case were arrested so far. "Six teams are searching for Vasudeva Naidu and Srinivasa Rao. We request people to inform police immediately if they know the whereabouts of these two persons," said M. Gopala Reddy. The CID will submit a detailed report to the government detailing the reasons behind the incident.
[Courtesy: The Hindu, June 27, 2012]