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All quarry activities will be probed, says DGP

Director-General of Police R.P. Thakur has said a comprehensive probe will be conducted into the activities of all the quarries operating in the State within 10 days.

After reviewing the situation in the wake of the Kurnool quarry blast with the officials here on Sunday, Mr. Thakur told the media that mine excavators would not be spared if they were found using highly explosive material in quarries.

A thorough inquiry would be undertaken up in coordination with the mining, fire, and revenue departments on the nature of quarries in the State and the explosive material being used by them.

Word of caution

Mr. Thakur also cautioned the traders against stocking crackers illegally, and directed the police officials to be watchful ahead of Dasara and Deepavali festivals.

In the same vein, he warned the people against taking law into their hands. He said any situation leading to deterioration of law and order would be dealt with an iron hand, and termed as unfortunate the violent incidents that rocked Kurnool and Nellore districts. “As elections are approaching, surveillance will be enhanced in the faction-prone villages,” he said.

To a query on the Rapur incident in Nellore district, where a police station was attacked, he said even cops, if found guilty of wrongdoing, would not be spared.

Deputy Inspectors-General of Police J. Prabhakara Rao (Anantapur range) and G. Srinivas (Kurnool range), SPs Attada Babujee (Kadapa), Abhishek Mohanty (Tirupati Urban), G.V.G. Ashok Kumar (Anantapur) and S.V. Rajasekhar Babu (Chittoor) were present.

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