OSD under scanner as files in Animal Husbandry Department found missing; police register case

A police complaint by watchman Laxmaiah named the ex-minister's OSD and four other staff members.

ByDeepika Pasham

Published Dec 10, 2023 | 9:39 AMUpdated Dec 10, 2023 | 9:39 AM

OSD under scanner as files in Animal Husbandry Department found missing; police register case

Barely a week after the 3 December fire at the Telangana Tourism Department that resulted in significant damage to files and computer records, another case of damage to official files has occurred at the Department of Animal Husbandry.

A case of trespass and criminal breach of trust involving government officials has been filed with Nampally police following a complaint by one Mandala Laxmaiah, a 51-year-old watchman at the Department of Animal Husbandry, alleging unauthorised access and disturbance in the office premises.

Begari Abhilash, Station House Officer of Nampally told South First: “The investigation is underway and we have obtained the CCTV footage. Questioning is going on and intimation of arresting the accused will be revealed once we confirm it.”

South First has accessed the FIR copy.

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What the FIR says

According to details provided by Laxmaiah, on 8 December, at approximately 7 pm, he noticed suspicious activity in the office of former minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav.

Upon checking, he found the office door unlocked and documents scattered across the room.

Concerned about the potential theft of crucial documents, Laxmaiah said he suspected the involvement of Officer on Special Duty (OSD) Kalyan and other office staff members who were seen roaming in the corridors.

The police have identified the individuals as OSD Kalyan, Computer Operators Elijah and Mohan, and Attenders Venkatesh and Prasanth, who were allegedly present at the office on the evening of 8 December.

In the complaint, Laxmaiah speculates that the change in government may have prompted the accused to enter the premises and possibly remove essential documents.

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Case registered

In response to the complaint, the Nampally police registered a case under sections 409 (criminal breach of trust), 427 (mischief causing damage), 448 (house trespass), 477 (fraudulent destruction of valuable security), 109 (abetment), and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) on the above mention accused in the complaint.

The case is being investigated by K Janaiah, sub-inspector of police at Nampally police station.

During the investigation, the police visited the office of the former minister of animal husbandry.

The office was in disarray, with torn papers scattered in polyethylene bags. Additionally, several CCTV cameras were found broken, and DVR cables were detached.

Efforts to contact the Director of Animal & Husbandry, Dr Ram Chandar, have been unsuccessful so far, the police said.