Three days after Bastar’s controversial inspector-general (IG) of police SRP Kalluri was admitted to hospital, the Chhattisgarh government on Sunday gave additional charge of the range to his Bilaspur counterpart Vivekanand.
“IG Kalluri is suffering from problems of kidney and heart and undergoing dialysis in Visakhapatnam. He will take time to recover, so additional charge was given to IG Bilaspur,” said DM Awasthi, additional director general (Naxal).
On talk that Kalluri was being sidelined as part of a political move, state Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel said, “As per my information, Kalluri is seriously ill and it should not be politicised.” The Congress leader, who had demanded Kalluri’s arrest a few days ago for alleged excesses, added, “My fight with him is ideological not personal.”
Incidentally, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had summoned Chhattisgarh chief secretary Vivek Dhand and Kalluri to appear before it on November 30 to explain the allegations of hostility and abuse of power against human rights defenders in the state.
The NHRC had taken suo motu cognizance of “the nationwide outcry and protest” following the registration of an FIR at Tongpal police station on November 5 against teachers, including Delhi University Professor Nandini Sundar, and activists for the murder of a tribal in insurgency-hit Sukma district.
It is unlikely that Kalluri would be able to appear before the rights body. Dhand has accompanied the chief minister on 10-day trip to the US and he too would not be able to appear before the NHRC on November 30, said sources.