News Desk: Another incident of alleged police atrocity has emerged in Andhra Pradesh which has put the government on the spot, with opposition parties calling for a protest.
A family of four including two children took their lives by jumping in front of a moving train near the Panyam railway station in Kurnool on November 3.
Later after the deaths, a video of the family emerged where family head Abdul Salaam, who was an auto driver, alleged physical and mental harassment by Nandyal town police inspector Somsekhar Reddy and constable Gangadhar. He was investigated by cops in a theft case.
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Before working as an auto driver, Abdul Salaam worked at a jewellery store in Nandyal’s Rojakunta area. He was accused of stealing 3 kg gold from the shop. The police arrested Salaam but he later came out on bail.
Nearly a week ago, a passenger in Salaam’s auto, complained of Rs 70,000 theft and the police booked the auto driver.
Salaam was reportedly beaten and humiliated by the police on both occasions.
Fearing police crackdown and left scarred by the humiliation, Salaam and his family decided to commit suicide.
In the final video, he can be heard saying, “I haven’t done anything wrong. I have nothing to do with either theft. I can no longer bear the torture. No one will help us. That’s why atleast death will bring us some peace of mind.”
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The suicides of Salaam (45), his wife Noorjahan (38), daughter Salma (14) and son Kjalandar (10) have triggered a massive outrage and invited the intervention of CM YS Jaganmohan Reddy. Demands for justice led to the suspension and arrest of accused CI Somasekhar Reddy and Head Constable Gangadhar.
IGP Sankha Brata Bagchi and senior IPS officer Arif Hafeez have also been appointed as special officers to investigate the case.
“If one is found to be guilty of any offence, be it anybody, he/she will be acted against irrespective of who the person is,” DGP Gautam Sawang said.
Meanwhile, the TDP has given a call for ‘Chalo Nandyal’ demanding justice for the deceased family members.
“The government was trying to escape from its responsibility of bringing the guilty to the book by giving financial assistance. This would be of no use since all the family members ended their lives because of the unbearable harassment,” said the TDP.
The TDP alleged that over the past 18 months police atrocities have grown and many police personnel were found to be involved in sand and liquor smuggling, a Dalit youth’s head was tonsured inside a police station in East Godavari and now a family had to kill themselves in Kurnool.
Meanwhile, on Monday both the accused were granted bail and state administration has filed a ‘Bail Cancellation Petition’ fearing that the accused officers walking out of jail can result in witnesses turning hostile and intimidation of new witnesses who would otherwise volunteer to testify.