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Probe ordered into police unrest

india Updated: Dec 27, 2008 12:31 IST

Puducherry Government has ordered a judicial inquiry into the Dec 19 mass agitation by police personnel at a court complex in Puducherry as it braced itself to brief Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on the situation arising out of the unprecedented proetst by the men in uniform.

The judicial inquiry would replace the magisterial probe already ordered by the territorial government, Home Minister E Valsaraj told PTI on Saturday.

Retired Madras High Court judge Kustice K Govindaraj has been appointed under the Commission of Inquiry Act to go into the Dec 19 incidents, he said.

The government is set to submit a detailed report to Chidambaram today on the incidents. Over 300 police personnel resorted to dharnas inside the court complex protesting denial of bail to a sub inspector arrested in a graft case and also allegedly assaulted photo journalists covering the protest.

The centre, which has taken a serious view of the protest, dispatched three companies of para military personnel to the union territory following a request from the local government.

Facing criticism from opposition parties and journalist organisations, the Vaithilingam ministry also effected a shakeup in the police administration and dismissed two Home Guards and suspended two sub inspectors and eight constables.

On Dec 21, it appointed Managing Director of state owned AFT Mills G Theva Needhi Dhas as Special Executive Magistrate under the CrPc to conduct the inquiry.

But a section of officials felt that the magisterial probe would have certain constraints as it was headed by an offficer belonging to Puducherry Civil Services Cadre and would to register comments and evidences of IPS and IAS officers.

However, Dhas would assist the present commission of inquiry in its probe, Valsaraj said.