High Court Bombards State Government Over Nerella Incident

The High Court, after hearing a PIL on Nerella incident, bombarded the state government with questions relating to the incident and the suspension of an SI.

Hyderabad: The High Court bombarded the state government with questions on the Nerella incident and the subsequent suspension of SI.

The court asked when the police have not committed any mistake by resorting to lathi charge against the Nerella village, why was SI suspended; and if the SI had done it as part of protecting law and order, his action must be supported and he should not be suspended.

It further asked the reasons for the suspension? — Who was responsible for the Nerella incident? Who were the accused in the court? Were the police also present in the accused list?

A bench comprising Interim Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan, Justice J Umadevi directed Karim Nagar range DIG, Ravi Varma, to submit a report regarding the suspension of the SI.

The court heard the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed demanding a CBI inquiry into Nerella incident by civil liberties group President Gaddam LakshmanA�on Wednesday.

The Additional Advocate GeneralA�Ramachandra Rao argued that the villagers thrashed the police, and no one is considering the pain of police.A� He further argued that villagers belonging to two villages attacked the police after a person was killed in a road accident. The police have resorted to lathi charge to stop them. He told the court that since the SI over-reacted during the incident, he was suspended.

Meanwhile, V Raghunath representing the petitioner submitted to the court that the SP was behind the curtain and was responsible for the whole incident. He asked the court to direct a CBI inquiry into the incident.

Meanwhile, the bench directed the government to submit the reports of treatment given to victims in Karim Nagar hospital, and that the jail superintendent must submit a report about the injuries on the bodies of victims when they were brought to court and also that the Karim Nagar range DIG must submit a report on the suspension of the SI.

Fixing the next date of hearing onA�August 30, the court said that the case would be enquired thoroughly after they receive the reports.

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