The AP High Court had finally cleared the case of attack on the life of Opposition leader Y S Jaganmohan Reddy at Visakhapatnam airport on October 25, to be given to the National Investigation Agency (NIA). Jaganmohan Reddy had been asking for the NIA investigation as he said he had no confidence in the investigation by the State police.
The YSR Congress claimed that the incident occurred in the premises of the Central government and hence the investigation too should be given to the Central agencies. The YSR Congress also blamed the State government and the State police for the comments that the DGP R P Thakur and chief minister Chandrababu Naidu made hours after the attack. Both the DGP and the chief minister have made political comments, without even condemning it.
The DGP and the chief minister said that the attacker, Srinivasa Rao, was an activist of the YSR Congress and the attack was planned for sympathy. The Chief Minister went several steps forward to heckle the incident taking too light of it .
The police, who took up the investigation later, too have ignored the conspiracy angle in the case and have left airport canteen owner, who is also the ruling TDP leader in Visakhapatnam area. The questions on how the attacker secured a job in the canteen, how the Visakhapatnam police have given him no objection certificate to enter in the high security zone though there were couple of cases pending against him in his home district, East Godavari, and how he was allowed to enter the airport with a knife in his bag.
These issues were never answered by the State police. The investigating police have also given a clean chit to the airport canteen owner, who is accused of being party in the conspiracy. The way the case is treated in the State had thus helped the YSR Congress to seek Central probe and the court had finally cleared it.
The central government too had directed the NIA to take up the case following which the sleuths have filed FIR in Hyderabad. It is now to be seen what the NIA would unearth in the case as it begins investigation.