- Lawyer who filed bail petition is a TDP member
- He was director of Kapu Development Corporation during TDP rule
- Kurnool suicide case turns into a political war
- Salam’s mother-in-law given cheque for Rs. 25 lakh
Amaravati: The suicide by four members of Abdul Salam family who were driven to death by two policemen about ten days back has turned into a political war between ruling YSRCP and TDP in Andhra Pradesh. Auto driver’s family who were crushed by a running train made a selfie video stating that the cause of their suicide is the Nandyal policemen. This video went viral and with the intervention of AP Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy and DGP Gowtham Sawang, the two accused policemen were arrested on the same day. Circle Inspector Soma Shekhar Reddy and Head Constable Gangadhar have been suspended on Monday. They were taken into custody. The Nandyal court had given them bail.
On 03 November 2020, Abdul Salam (45), his wife Noorjahan (38), daughter Salma (14) and son Kalandhar (10) were found dead crushed under a train near Kolluru village near Nandyal town in Kurnool district. Salman and Noorjahan had left their cell phone at their home. The cell phone was recovered by the police. They found a selfie in that. Salam said in the selfie, “I did nothing wrong Sir; I have nothing to do with the auto theft; I have nothing to do with the theft in the market; I am not able to bear the torture of the police, Sir”.
Two accused granted bail by court
These two policemen were granted bail on Monday even after Andhra Pradesh police filed an application requesting not to grant bail for the accused in the case. Reacting to the incident and on bail to the accused, Jagan Mohan Reddy said the bail petition was filed by TDP lawyer, Vedurla Ramachander Rao, who had previously worked as a director of Kapu Development Corporation during TDP rule. “What happened to Salam family is sad and the government took immediate action against the policemen and we are the first to do so to slap a case against police department,” Jagan said.
Home Minister says the accused were arrested within 24 hrs.
Home Minister Sucharitha felt that friendly policing is very much needed and warned that the guilty will not be spared. For the only survivor in the family, she granted an Ex-gratia of INR 25 lakhs from government side. “Departmental action has been initiated against Gangadhar and Soma Sekhar Reddy within 24 hrs and the accused have been booked under IPC section 306 (abetment to suicide), IPC section 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means),” Sucharitha said. Both are non-bailable cases but the court issued bail on Monday for the accused.
Govt. announces toll free number to complaint against police
The Government is coming up with a toll-free number at the districts level for people to complain against the police if they are falsely framed by them, Sucharitha added. But this led to political war between YCP and TDP. Opposition leader Chandrababu demanded that the government should take moral responsibility for the death. Jagan Mohan Reddy said that CBN is trying to defame YSRCP with false, baseless allegations.
MP, MLA meet the victim’s kin
Meanwhile, Abdul Salam’s mother-in-law Mabunnisa was handed over a cheque for INR 25 lack by the district collector Thursday morning in the presence of MP Brahmananda Reddy and MLA Silpa Ravichandra Kishore Reddy. Earlier, Mabunnisa demanded the dismissal of the accused CI and said she would not accept the cheque until her demand was met. She said what she would do with the money after her daughter and son-in-law died. She said that the opposition parties have been bringing pressure on her to heed their advice so that she would be given a compensation of one crore rupees. Further, she made it clear that there was no pressure.
Naidu demands action against DSP
TDP chief N. Chandrababu Naidu demanded action against the DSP, Nandyal, and also asked the government to take responsibility for the suicide by the family of four. TDP State chief Atchennayudu demanded drastic action against the concerned policemen by the government. TDP leader Chandra Mohan Reddy asked the government to order a CBI inquiry. Botsa Satyanarayana, a minister in AP government, had defended the government that the chief minister had taken immediate steps by ordering the arrest of the accused persons and also by announcing ex gratia of INR 25 lakh to the surviving member of the family. The TDP leaders have made several allegations against Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy and his government.