Meira Kumar Asks TRS Govt. “Is This The Telangana We Fought For?”

The former Lok Sabha Speaker, who recently contested and lost the Presidential election, is upset with Telangana Police for allegedly torturing Dalits in Rajanna-Sircilla district.

Hyderabad: The Nerella incident is the worst example of atrocities against Dalits in Telangana, alleged former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar. She was speaking to the media after calling on Dalit victims of the alleged police torture at a jail in Telangana on Monday.

Meira Kumar, accompanied by State Congress chief Uttam Kumar Reddy and other party leaders, visited the Karimnagar District Jail and met the youth who were allegedly tortured by police on charges of setting fire to two sand-filled trucks in Rajanna-Sircilla district on July 2.

Expressing deep shock at the state of the victims, she complained that police beat up and tortured the youth because of which they sustained internal injuries. She alleged that officials did not allow them to meet all the youth who were lodged in the jail. “We could only meet four of them. We were not allowed to meet the other three,” she maintained alleging that they might have been more severely injured in beatings by the police.

Condemning the atrocities on the Dalit youth, she pointed out that the victims had broken down while narrating police brutality.

Slamming the Central and State governments for not ordering a probe into the incident, she specifically targeted the TRS government and asked, “Is this the Telangana State we fought for?”

She also demanded that false cases booked against the victims should be withdrawn and those who tortured them should be booked under the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.

Meira Kumar announced that her party will raise the issue in Parliament and demanded a curb on illegal activities of the sand mafia.

Meanwhile, Sircilla town remained tense as a large number of policemen were deployed to foil the proposed public meeting by the Congress to protest against the alleged police torture.

The district administration has denied permission for the meeting scheduled to take place on Monday evening.

Congress leaders have moved the Hyderabad High Court challenging the restrictions placed by the district administration.

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