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Andhra Pradesh: Police doubt attack version of RTI activist

Press Trust of India
Dec 31, 2012 at 03:23pm IST

Hyderabad: A day after an RTI activist was "attacked" with syringes allegedly containing poison in Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh, police doubted his version saying he might have probably got self-inflicted with syringes and staged an attack on himself. Police termed Rao as a self-styled RTI activist who had personal rivalry with a police inspector.

Besides, he was facing two cases, including the one filed by a constable against him under the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities Act), wherein a hearing was scheduled on Monday in a court at Markapur town of Prakasam and another case of cheating. Police said Rao had been avoiding court proceedings in the atrocity case in which trial was over and a verdict was likely to come within a month.

Preliminary tests suggested that there were no symptoms of any poisonous substance, however, his (Rao's) blood samples have been sent to Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) in Hyderabad for detailed analysis, said Prakasam District Superintendent of Police K Raghuram Reddy.

AP: Police doubt attack version of RTI activist

Police doubted the RTI activist's version saying he might have got self-inflicted with syringes and staged an attack.

"We are probing both the angles if in reality there was any attempt on Rao's life as claimed by him and also if he had self-inflicted the syringes into him," the senior police officer said.

"We are awaiting the FSL report which is likely to be made available in a couple of days and once that report is out we will initiate further action. If there is no poison then police will act against Rao for filing a false complaint," the SP explained.

Srinivas Rao had been invoking provisions of the RTI Act against local revenue and police officials in Markapur for alleged excesses meted out against him.

Rao, who is also into pawn broking, is accused of taking stolen gold ornaments and other valuables for advancing loan and was taken into custody by Kadapa police in this regard and is facing a cheating case.

Following Sunday incident, Rao, who was hospitalised, had filed a complaint with Markapur police alleging that three unidentified persons injected poisonous substance into him and held the police inspector and the constable responsible for the "attack."

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