The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Friday directs the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to investigate the incident of knife attack on YSRCP President Y S Jaganmohan Reddy at Visakhapatnam Airport on October 25.
The court passed the orders on petitions filed by leaders of YSRCP, seeking a probe by a central agency. They alleged that the state government was not investigating the case properly. The High Court on December 22 gave two weeks time to the Andhra Pradesh government and the Centre to act according to Section 6 of the NIA Act.
The Centre had taken the decision to hand over the case to NIA on December 31. The investigating agency on January 1 registered a case. This was revealed on Friday. The First Information Report (FIR) was registered on a complaint by an officer of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF). Jagan, as the YSRCP leader is popularly knows, was injured when Srinivas, a worker at the airport canteen, attacked him with a cockfight knife as Jagan was waiting to board a flight to Hyderabad.
After the attack, leaders of ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) had termed it as a ploy of YSRCP to gain public sympathy. Visakhapatnam Police Commissioner Mahesh Chandra Laddha had revealed on Wednesday that the accused had planned the attack on October 18.