Chhattisgarh: SRP Kalluri Shunted Out, Appointed Transport Commissioner
Kalluri, accused of human rights abuses during his tenure as IG Bastar range, was appointed the IG of EoW and Anti Corruption Bureau last month.
S.R.P. Kalluri, the IPS officer who has been accused of human rights abuses during his tenure as the Inspector General of Police (IG-P) of Bastar range, was appointed the IG of Economic Offences Wing (EoW) and Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) in January this year. However, a month after the plum appointment, he has been shunted out again.
He is now posted the Transport Commissioner, reported The Indian Express.
In 2016, Jawaharlal Nehru University professor Archana Prasad and Delhi University professor and activist Nandini Sundar, were named along with four Maoists in an FIR for the murder of a villager in Dantewada. The FIR invited condemnation from the civil society which dubbed it ‘vendetta politics’ by the Raman Singh government and Kalluri. Later, the Chhattisgarh government had told the Supreme Court that Prasad and others would not be investigated in the case.
Kalluri was removed from his post of IG Bastar in February 2017. A month after the removal, the Director General of Police had sent him two showcause notices and a warning letter on grounds of indiscipline. These were issued in connection with a private event held in Jagdalpur in which the SP, Sukma, I K Elsela had allegedly said that human rights workers should be run over by vehicles. Elsela had also ostensibly referred to lawyers of the Jagdalpur Legal Aid group, Shalini Gera and Isha Khandelwal.
Last month, Kalluri’s appointment as the IG, EoW and ACB, by the newly-elected Congress government in Chhattisgarh was slammed by the civil society. In an open letter to the Bhupesh Baghel-led government, retired civil servants, rights activists and academics expressed shock and had demanded his suspension, adding that “He has not only inflicted great violence and broken the law on multiple occasions, he has also done great harm to the institutions of policing by reinforcing the negative qualities attributed to the institution itself. A policeman is supposed to be upright, honest and law-abiding, qualities that Kalluri demonstrably lacks. If the people stop trusting the police, and the police itself becomes a lawless institution, we create more reasons for the people to move away from the promise of constitutional democracy.”