A police inspector in Andhra Pradesh threatened MPs and MLAs to cut their tongues if they disrespect the morale of the force. The TDP MP warned to file a complain in his reply.
"We have so far observed restraint. Henceforth, if anybody talks against the police beyond the limits we will not tolerate. We will cut their tongues. Be careful," inspector Madhav of Kadiri in Anantapuramu district warned at a press conference on Friday.
In a sharp reaction, MP J C Diwakar Reddy dared the inspector to tell where should he come to get his tongue cut. He later filed a complaint against the inspector but no FIR has been registered so far, according to Tadipatri Sub-Divisional Police Officer Vijaya Kumar.
The heated exchange of words came in the backdrop of a group clash in a village near Tadipatri earlier this week with Reddy alleging that police fled the scene like eunuchs, unable to bring the situation under control.
Police authorities remained tight-lipped over the verbal duel even as the TDP MP said he would also draw the attention of the government, seeking necessary action against the inspector.
Referring to the clash, Reddy said even he had to run away (to protect himself) as the police started fleeing. "In that respect, I too behaved like an eunuch," the MP, known for making controversial remarks, said.
Later in the evening, he went to the police station in his hometown Tadipatri and filed a complaint against the inspector for making threatening remarks against an MP.
"Its a non-cognizable offence under Section 506 of IPC (criminal intimidation). We have referred the complaint to the district SP and also seeking legal opinion. We have so far not registered an FIR," the Tadipatri SDPO told PTI.
Taking strong exception to the MP's remarks, Kadiri inspector Madhav Friday warned MPs, MLAs, ex-MPs, ex-MLAs who spoke against the police hurting their morale that their tongues would be slit while twirling his moustache.
"We have so far observed restraint. Henceforth, if anybody talks against the police beyond the limits, we will not tolerate. We will slit their tongues. Be careful," Madhav warned at a press conference.
He said police personnel were unable to show their faces even to their wives and children because of the comments being made by political leaders.
"MPs, MLAs, ex-MPs and ex-MLAs from all parties have been talking against the police, hurting our morale. We came into the police force as men and not eunuchs," the inspector said. He, in particular, took exception to the Anantapuramu MPs remarks.
"Should I come to your house, police station, the village of your birth or the Anantapuramu Clock Tower centre where do you want me to come? Remove your khaki uniform and I too will come in plain clothes," the MP challenged.
Additional Director of Police (Law and Order) Harish Kumar Gupta and Anantapuramu district Superintendent of Police G V G Ashok Kumar did not respond to calls for their reaction.
A senior police official maintained that it was sure improper for an officer to make such public comments against peoples representatives, whatever be the provocation.